BY N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON DC:- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough petitions to reach the congress mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2022.
According to a USCIS statement, September 30, 2021 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2022. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after September 30 that request an employment start date before April 1, 2022.
USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congress mandated cap. This includes petitions for:
(1)Current H-2B workers in the United States who extend their stay, change employers, or change the terms and conditions of their employment;
(2)Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians, and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and
(3)Workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from November 28, 2009, until December 31, 2029.
U.S. businesses use the H-2B program to employ foreign workers for temporary non-agricultural jobs.
Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 for workers, who begin employment in the first half of the fiscal year (October 1 – March 31) and 33,000 (plus any unused numbers from the first half of the fiscal year) for workers who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30).
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