By Pacific Island Times News Staff
Governor: DHS agrees to look into denials of Guam's H2B visa applications
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is willing to resolve the growing number of denials from Guam's H2B visa applications, including those directly related to the nearly $1 billion in ongoing military projects. the Office of the Governor announced.
“In our discussion, I stressed the need for an immediate solution to the high rate of application denials for projects both inside and outside the fence and underscored the direct impact to Guam’s economic growth, especially at this pivotal time of rebuilding and recovery," Gov, Lou Leon Guerrero said in a statement after her meeting with DHS Undersecretary Kelli Ann Burriesci in Washginton D.C.
"The continued lack of skilled construction labor to complete these projects will result in increased construction, housing and real estate costs,” Leon Guerrero said.
The governor said the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will readily assess all administrative rules, regulations, and policies that may have led to the recent uptick in denials.
“I have been assured that they will be tracking this issue and that it is not the intent of the Biden administration to keep people out of our great nation," the governor said.
"I look forward to the open line of communication that I have established with Under Secretary Burriesci and DHS’ favorable consideration of my concerns to further share with the people of Guam.”