H2B visa applications 2007

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by Precision, Mar 26, 2007.

  1. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    Just wondering if anyone else has gotten anywhere with theirs. New applications that is, not on returning workers.

    I put in for the first round and was shut out. All first half visa quotas were filled within the first few days of filings.

    So I filed for the second slot. I received my notification of all things being good, but needing to wait on the "official" certification (which should take 3-4 weeks). that was 8 weeks ago. I have called their help desk line. And the only thing you get is an automated voice system that says, "leave a message and we will call you back in 3-4 days". No such luck.

    In theory, second slot visas are available the first week of April. I am really beginning to worry that I may get completely shut out.

    Anyone with any knowledge about what is going on or who has received their "official" certification on round 2?
     
  2. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Just drive south and pick up workers around Laredo Texas. Deduct any expenses, like gas, food, hotel bills from future earnings. :dancing:
     
  3. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    Percision, I was in the same boat last year. Missed the first slot...promised by April 1. April 1 came and went. I scrounged up some labor and went on with life. One hot day in the middle of June or July they called up "your guys are ready"......

    Too late. I was not going to rid of my current labor to train new.

    I know this doesn't answer the question, but just a similar experience. I hope it is smoother for you.
     
  4. Duekster

    Duekster LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 7,961

    I don't know but the labor is short here and I will be turning away work soon.

    I think I am getting in line early next year.
     
  5. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    Dukester,

    Did you apply for H2B Visas this year?

    If so, who did you use for help?

    Thanks.
     
  6. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    Thanks, (for the reply, not the news)

    I will be swamped or knee deep in dead former employees by then. ;)

    I went through 20 yes TWENTY bozo's last year trying to fill 2 positions. Average life span was 3 weeks. And one guy crapped in a clients back yard. Yes, you heard me.

    I just can't handle another season of that.
     
  7. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    but at least this you have could of had the returning ones this year.

    I am using Marcus Drake.
     
  8. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995


    the concept is to make as much profit as legally possible. Thus no lowballing and no illegal workers.

    Key word LEGALLY. Running illegals does not require a trip to Laredo. I can get as many of them as I want.

    Besides, get a map, south of Florida, is CUBA. Laredo is WEST.
     
  9. z_clark

    z_clark LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 369

    Percision,

    M.D. is who I used as well. I am not sure how well the returning workers work year after year....just too big of a risk.

    I know of another local guy that used M.D. this year, and had the same timing issues.

    Not sure where the problem is....the program / the paper work / gov issues.....I think the program is broken....
     
  10. lowballer17

    lowballer17 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 184

    Anyone try getting labor from hill country... West Virginia?
     

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