U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) is pressing Senate leaders on the urgent need to secure H-2B visas for seasonal seafood workers in Virginia and around the United States.

In a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Sen. Warner urged the U.S. Department of State to make clear that seafood companies seeking H-2B visas for their seasonal workers qualify for national interest exceptions (NIEs) to Presidential Proclamations 10014 and 10052, which suspend entry to the United States for certain immigrant visa applicants through Dec. 31, 2020.