H-2B Visa

‘Nobody In America Wants This Job’: Attorneys, Trainer Present Sobering View Of Immigration And Racing

As immigration enforcement ramps up around the country, the horse racing industry is feeling the pinch — not just in the supply of its labor, but in the costs of legal labor as well. The Albany Law School kicked off its 17th annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing, and Gaming Law Conference on Tuesday with a panel […]

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‘We Can’t Find Enough Help’: Immigrant Visa Restrictions Threaten Operations At Canterbury

New visa restrictions on immigrant workers have already begun to make finding enough help a challenge for trainers at Canterbury Park, reports the Star-Tribune. Trainers are unable to hire grooms, hotwalkers and exercise riders from other countries, because those individuals are unable to get approved for an H-2B visa. One trainer reported spending $8,800 on […]

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New Federal Budget Agreement Could Allow Number Of H-2B Visas To Double

A new federal budget agreement reached Sunday night could allow the number of non-agricultural immigrant workers to double in the United States, according to a report from bloodhorse.com. The measure, which has yet to be approved by both houses of Congress, will quell some of the fears plaguing the racing industry and its workforce, though […]

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Congress To Pass Spending Bill To Fund Government; Doesn’t Include H-2B Exemption

The following update is from the American Horse Council: This week Congress set to pass a Continuing Resolution (CR) to provide funding for the government until April 28, 2017. The CR is an extension of last year’s omnibus appropriations bill that originally expired September 30, but was extended to December 9th. Congress normally should debate and […]

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NTRA: Urgent Efforts Continue To Have Congress Reinstate H-2B Visas

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA), through its involvement in the H-2B Workforce Coalition, has joined other organizations and businesses in pushing to have the H-2B visa returning worker exemption reinstated in a continuing resolution that is being drafted to fund the federal government through March 31, 2017. H-2B visas are used by employers to […]

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AHC: Tax Provisions, Guest Worker Reforms Among 2015 Congressional Victories

From the American Horse Council: The 114th Congress, though it started with the partisan gridlock that has become the new normal in Washington, ended the year with a burst of productivity by passing several major pieces of legislation including a tax extender bill, an omnibus appropriations bill, and a five year highway bill. Each of these […]

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Congress Passes H-2B Provisions, Three-Year Tax Depreciation For Racehorses

Provisions backed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) that offer relief for H-2B visa employers, such as horse trainers, were approved by Congress as part of the omnibus appropriations bill passed earlier Friday, as well as a provision that extends three-year tax depreciation for all racehorses through 2016. Of particular interest to trainers and […]

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NTRA: H-2B Visa Improvements In Pending Budget Legislation

Provisions backed by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) that offer relief for H-2B visa employers such as horse trainers are included in the comprehensive budget and tax legislation agreed to late Tuesday by a bipartisan group of House and Senate negotiators. Congress is expected to pass the legislation before the year’s end. Of particular […]

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Horse Council: Immigration Reform Is Still Needed

Last night, President Obama announced a series of immigration executive actions relating to border security, deportation proceedings, and undocumented immigrants, including action to defer deportation for certain individuals that in effect provides them with temporary legal status and the ability to work legally. The American Horse Council, in a press release, writes that It is […]

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Horse Council: Government Shutdown Could Impact Horse Industry

(The American Horse Council provided the following alert Monday night on the looming shutdown of the federal government and how it could affect the horse industry.) To date Congress has failed to pass any of the annual appropriation bills that fund government agencies and projects for the 2014 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2013 to Sept. […]

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