Missed the H-2B Visa Cap? No Problem - RSI Has a Solution

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RSI has a solution for seasonal businesses that missed the deadline to submit petitions for H-2B visas.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (formerly INS) announced last week that the 2006 quota for H-2B visas has been reached, and no new petitions will be accepted. This presents a serious problem for seasonal businesses that rely on a large quantity of short-term help during seasonal spikes. Resource Staffing International, Ltd. (RSI) of Killington, VT offers solutions for businesses that did not get their petitions filed before the expiration. RSI is an expert in recruiting international workers for skilled seasonal jobs. The company has an established talent pool of skilled workers who are already approved to work in the U.S. this season, offering a solution to businesses caught behind the proverbial 8-ball.

"Dismal River Club is a case in point," says Mike Hefner, President of RSI. The exclusive Nebraska golf club, which boasts a course designed by golf great Jack Nicklaus, did not get its petition submitted in time. With the season fast approaching, the club faced a problem with its peak-season staffing needs. RSI was able to draw from its existing pool of available, skilled workers. RSI has hundreds of workers who are already approved by U.S. CIS, and who have already been personally interviewed and screened by RSI. In many cases, the workers have already been placed by RSI in the past, and have a solid track record.

RSI was formed nearly a decade ago by experienced Hospitality and Tourism professionals. Based in the Green Mountains of Vermont, the company’s initial clients consisted of local ski resorts. "Ski Resorts are just one of the dozens of types of businesses we service, but they are a perfect example of what we do," said Hefner. "A Vermont ski resort can be closed most of the year, from April through November. Then, suddenly, they need 300 workers all at once, just for December through March." Finding 300 workers with experience and expertise can be nearly impossible. RSI works with seasonal businesses to plan ahead and build a workforce for the upcoming season.

RSI is built upon the principle of fair treatment for all parties, and following through on its word. This has earned the company a reputation for being a terrific employment partner. Word of mouth has spread among workers and their own friends and co-workers. As such, the company now boasts more workers than it has job slots to fill. This provides a unique opportunity for situations where an employer is late to recruit its workforce for the upcoming season and needs to tap an existing supply, or when the H-2B visa cap has been reached and employers are not able to get the workers they were counting on. Because RSI’s workers are already pre-qualified, they are not affected by the cap. Employers seeking workers for the upcoming season are invited to contact Resource Staffing International or visit the company’s Web site.


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Tonya Robichaud