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Judge overturns J-1 Visa Ban

Discussion in 'United States' started by summit_32, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. summit_32

    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Interesting to see that this decision has been overturned on Friday - i've read elsewhere that many resorts anticipate a busy snow season and are scrambling to fill positions across the board. Sadly i don't think the Australian Govt will accept having a job waiting for you at an overseas ski resort as a valid reason to leave the country at the moment...

    From the Vail Daily:

    Ski areas are cheering a decision by a federal judge in California that suspends the Trump administration’s ban on workers using temporary immigrant visas. The National Ski Areas Association is telling its more than 300 ski resort members to immediately begin taking applications from J-1 and H-2B visa workers and submitting paperwork with the federal government to get those workers in open jobs by year’s end.

    “Time is of the essence here,” said the association’s head of regulatory affairs Dave Byrd, noting that it can take eight weeks to get visa applications approved by consulates in the Southern Hemisphere.
    U.S. District Court Judge Jeffery S. White earlier this month suspended the Trump visa ban, arguing that “the public interest is served by cessation of a radical change in policy that negatively affects plaintiffs whose members comprise hundreds of thousands of American businesses of all sizes and economic sectors.”

    But the suspension may have come too late for ski areas that, by this time of year, typically have hired workers — mostly students from Southern Hemisphere countries like Argentina, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand who use J-1 exchange visas to work at ski areas during their summer season.
     
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    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    This isn't the first time that there was serious push back from an industry that depends on J-1 visas to staff their seasonal businesses. Happened a few years ago when the summer camp industry was at risk of not being able to have enough staff. The difference this time is that there are Americans who are applying for the seasonal jobs available at ski resorts. Tricky part for big resorts as always is housing. Also not clear how travel restrictions will come into play. Although most states in the Rockies do not have any travel restrictions for domestic or international travel.

    The temporary order was set to expire at the end of Dec 2020. The question now is whether there will be an appeal.

    https://coloradosun.com/2020/10/09/...s-may-come-too-late-for-colorado-ski-resorts/
     
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    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    If anyone wants to know more about J1/H2B visas and the ski industry in the USA, here's a podcast from July 2020 on the topic. The Storm Skiing Journal is based in the northeast. (NSAA = National Ski Areas Association)

    July 10, Storm Skiing Journal and Podcast (USA)
    COVID-19 & Skiing Podcast #10: NSAA Director of Risk and Regulatory Affairs Dave Byrd – Why Skiing Needs Visa Workers
    https://skiing.substack.com/p/covid-19-and-skiing-podcast-10-nsaa
     
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    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Great link & podcast MarzNC !!

    As Dave mentions; places like Telluride, Big Sky, Sugarloaf, Mammoth etc are a fair way from significant population centre's so will be difficult to fill positions without staff housing. Even for places like Vail or Breck - not sure i would want drive 4hrs every day from Denver for a minimum wage job cleaning a hotel room or as a lifty. They going to have to get creative to make it attractive for locals.
     
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    MarzNC One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Somewhere on the Big Sky website I read that they were having to re-think how to use the new staff housing in order to de-densify. Boyne has been trying hard to increase the staff beds available so it's just one more adjustment that needs thought due to the pandemic.

    I know some smaller independent mountains aren't going to have base buildings open except for restrooms. That will cut down a bit on the number of staff needed not only for making food but also for cleaning up.
     
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    summit_32 Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Yep -i expect to see plenty of food trucks lined-up at the bottom of the mountain.
     
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    Seth Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    The H2B thing is also interesting. That was a massive impact on a lot of peoples careers.