Staffing up Arctic Positions


by Gretchen Parsons

 WASHINGTON, D.C.- For the past two years, Seafood Processors have been restricted to hiring personel only within the u.s.

The State Department made the decision to suspend visas of foreign employees because of problems occuring in other seafood processors outside of Alaska.

Because of the rural location and seasonal work typically offered by processing companies, keeping a full staff can be difficult when limited to only U.S. hires.

Thursday, Senator Lisa Murkowski added an amendment to the State and Foreign Operations spending bill to restore the J-1 visa program through the fiscal year of 2015.