Ohio Landscape Association 9240 Broadview Road Broadview Heights, OH 44147 440-717-0002 Toll Free: 800-335-6521
COST Members: FREE Non Member: $30 (FIRST TIME NON-MEMBERS ARE FREE) (Non-members, we will call for your credit card payment) Registration closes April 11th, 2019. Register online, via email, or call the OLA at 1-800-335-6521
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M.J. Design Associates has used the H2B Non-Agricultural Seasonal Worker visa program since 2003. At that time, like many other companies, they were struggling to find local workers to fill their seasonal labor needs. In addition, if they were going to hire Hispanics, they wanted to assure they were legal. The first year utilizing the program, they brought in 2 men from Mexico and in 12 years grew to as many as 18 to fill their seasonal labor needs. They became a very important part of M.J.'s labor force.
As the program has become more volatile after Homeland Security took over the oversight of (USCIS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in 2003, getting capped out in 2009 and the increase in users beginning around 2014, they knew they needed to do something to help assure their men would be able to be here to work with them. With their usual mid- February date of need; they were caught in the first-half cap in 2015. After reapplying for an April 1st start date, DOL stopped processing applications that March and thier men ultimately not arriving until May 10th (3 months late), they seriously began the process of Sponsoring some of the guys for their Permanent Resident Cards.
While the process has many similarities to the H2B visa program, there are more detailed steps in the process and most importantly a lot more time. After fully immersing themselves in the process in the Summer of 2015, some of their men began to receive their official Green Cards in August of 2018. They began the process working to secure 15 men with their Green Cards. To-date 12 have received their cards.
Molly will walk you through their journey, from a “Landscapers’” prospective. There were a lot of lessons learned along the way, but while they continue to use the H2B program, they are now not fully dependent upon that system and the unknown. They can plan for the next Season because they know that they will have legal workforce to perform the work that they sell.
Highlights of the talk:
Similarities and Differences between H2B and Permanent Resident Visas
How to get started
Steps in the process from DOL to USCIS to State Department
Things to be cautious about
Costs = filing fees, attorneys and miscellaneous needs technology
Columbus Spring Meeting / Navigating H2b & Permanent Resident Visas: April 18, 2019
PRESENTER MOLLY JOHN Co-owner, CEO and Vice President of M.J. Design Associates Inc. Molly, along with her husband Joel, started their Design-Build- Maintenance company in 1998. They have a boutique company that focuses on teaching the public about proper horticultural techniques, bed preparation and quality installation practices. She received her degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University and has over 25 years’ experience in the landscape design/build and maintenance environment.
Molly's passion is seasonal flower enhancements and providing that pop of color that accentuates any landscaping throughout the year. She has served the last few years on the membership committee with the Ohio Nursery and Landscape Association and was recently appointed to their Board of Directors. In addition, she has served as Co-Chairman of the CLA Outdoor Living and Landscaping Tour Molly has also been a member of the Delta Delta Delta House Corporation for many years and served as their treasurer for most of those years. She and Joel reside in Dublin, OH with their two kids, Alison (19) and Andrew (16). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, visiting local and national parks, hiking, working out and maintaining the 25+ flower pots she has at her own home.
Registration for this event is now closed. 4/16/2019