Pork plant closed in southern MN--1000 jobs lost

The plant is one of the largest employers of visa employees in the US.

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With so many employers short of workers you would think they will have no trouble finding new jobs. Will their contract visas allow changes?

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Yes. They have a time frame to find a new job to stay in the US. No new job = return home.

If the plant closes, the visas will be immediately terminated and HyLife will have 10 days to return the hundreds of H-2B workers to their home countries.

H-2B visas cannot be transferred to another employer. Few options exist that would allow the workers to stay in the U.S. legally, and each of the potential legal paths come with strict eligibility requirements and some downsides

If the plant closes but the employees want to continue working in the U.S. on an H-2B visa, they may need to return to their home country and reapply for the program, according to federal immigration law.

HyLife, based in Manitoba, Canada, is Canada’s largest pork producer, according to the company’s website. Charoen Pokphand Group, a Thai holding company, has held a majority stake in HyLife since 2019.

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