An audit conducted at the Department of Homeland Security in Maryland has revealed that as many as 5,000 H-2B visas remain unused. Starting June 5th, businesses in the state were able to apply for the visas online.

The original cap for 2015 H-2B visas resulted in Maryland businesses being unable to secure seasonal workers. In addition, due to the uncertainty surrounding the H-2B program, a lot of the approved visas were left idle.

This opportunity to add more workers is perfect timing for the landscape industry, since summer is their busy season. State Senator Barabra Mikulski said the new applications will help those out of the country who need jobs, as well as those here in the United States.