Federal bureaucracy’s limp attitude in taking overseas workers for Maine tourism

Published on : Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Maine tourismWe all know that it’s quite tough than usual to hire seasonal workers from overseas countries who majorly end up occupying temporary jobs in various restaurants and hotels that serve tourists from Miami to Maine.

Currently, the hospitality industry is facing tough time to attract extra immigrants for full operation because of the lack of available visas, as confirmed by the officials. Tourism has been one of the prime Maine businesses. Steve Hewins, president and chief executive officer of the Maine Innkeepers Association and the Maine Restaurant Association pointed out that failing to fill the much needed positions could impact the travel industry. Though Maine’s congressional delegation has worked quite hard to increase the number of international workers allowed to work in the country, the federal bureaucracy is handling the approaching the issue with slackness than the lawmakers.

To quote a May 12 letter signed by 87 members of Congress, including the four from Maine, ‘delays in processing times” within the Homeland Security and Labor departments “have caused a great deal of frustration and uncertainty among seasonal businesses.’

The legislators encouraged the departments “to make efforts to allow for efficient processing for additional applications”. There were also requested to streamline the process and aid the employers to get their employees sooner.

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