Federal immigration authorities are expected to release an additional 30,000 visas for the workers, which could help fill seasonal labor gaps afflicting Maine’s summer tourism businesses.

The Department of Homeland Security is poised to release up to 30,000 additional visas for foreign seasonal workers to fill vacant jobs across the country, including many in Maine’s thriving summer tourism industry.

Visa-holders can only work in non-agricultural positions, and typically take relatively low-paying jobs in hotels, restaurants, landscaping companies and seafood processing businesses.

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