By Tim Kowols
Some Door County businesses are worried possible changes to the federal work visa program could make a dire employment situation in the area even worse. A recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump would affect temporary workers by limiting the number of H-1B and H-2B visas available. Door County Visitor Bureau Membership Director Phil Berndt says he expects to start hearing from more local businesses about how they are being affected soon.
The H-1 and H-2 visa programs are not to be confused with the J-1 Summer Work Travel Visa, which is more of a cultural exchange experience for foreign college students and are so far not affected by the recent executive orders. Berndt says right now the greatest problem with employment in the county is the lack of seasonal housing for employees.