IPI vice president for construction Eric Poon says the company is still waiting on the approval of “hundreds” of H-2B visa applications made in 2019, which is key to completing construction of its hotel tower on time, local media reports.
Poon said that the resorts’ hotel beachfront villas and construction of the North Wing are now completed, with only furniture installation and building inspection in progress.
However, Poon told casino commissioners that the delay in the H-2B visas could cause a “potential delay of the ongoing hotel tower construction phase and other venues,” and added that the current workforce of 572 construction workers would not be able to meet targeted deadlines.
Poon said they need about 1,000 construction workers to meet the completion deadline of February 28, 2021.
“This is our only concern, and I hope this can be addressed soon,” he added.
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