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Recession snuffs Aspen's need for H-2B visa workers

"The Aspen Skiing Co.'s reliance on foreign workers to fill positions such as lift operators and maids has plummeted during the recession and hit its lowest level in years this winter. Skico will use four H-2B visas to fill positions in its mountain operations this season, according...

Colorado Ski Resorts Lose H-2B Workers, Keep J-1 Visas Steady

"Four years ago Aspen Skiing Co. hosted about 400 H2B visa workers in operations at its four Roaring Fork Valley ski areas. This year, there will be two among its 2,000 employees. "H2Bs have essentially gone away," said Jim Laing, vice-president of human resources for Aspen Skiing. But...

News Excerpts From The Jan. 1, 2014, Bender's Immigration Bulletin

EOIR Issues New Guidance Following Settlement of Asylum Clock Suit | On December 2, 2013, the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge issued two memoranda concerning implementation of the employment authorization “clock” for asylum applicants in removal proceedings. The issuance of the memoranda...