Northern Michigan Resorts Adjust to H2-B Visa Delay

Some seasonal workers are running into delays getting their H-2B visas.

That’s what allows them to come and work in northern Michigan for the summer.

And that means those seasonal workers aren’t arriving as soon as they normally would.

The Trump administration just announced a plan to release an additional 30,000 visas.

The Grand Traverse Resort & Spa is weeks away from the start of its busy summer season, and hopeful it will receive some of those visas for it’s seasonal workers.

They are still waiting for the government to approve their critical H-2B visas, which allows around 100 seasonal employees from Jamaica to start the process of coming to the Traverse City area.

“They’ve been through this a lot of years in a row, we’ve been having people come, our wonderful Jamaican family for years. So we’re always going through making sure our applications are in and helping people get here. It’s just been a little bit slower this year while we wait for some of those visas to be released,” said Director of Public Relations Jillian Manning.

Jillian Manning is the manager of public relations for the resort.

She says most of their seasonal employee’s would have been here by now if not for the delay,

“It’s all hands on deck. That’s the thing, our guests are our first priority so we will do whatever it takes to make sure they’re here and having a great time so they may not know what’s going on behind the scenes but we’re working hard to make sure this process is seamless whether that’s picking up extra shifts or doing it a little different,” said Manning.

The Trump administration also just announced they’ll be adding 30,000 visas to the H-2B program. A decision that will likely help other businesses that rely on an influx of seasonal workers.

“We’ve been really excited the last couple of days and just kind of waiting to hear what the next step is and get that green light, but it’s something we all look forward to,” said Manning.