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USCIS Reaches Midyear Cap for H-2B Applications
Applications Will Still Be Accepted for Second Half of Fiscal Year


The USCIS announced Dec. 21 the Congress mandated 33,000 cap for H-2B visa applications has been met for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the cap for H-2B applications for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year have been met as of Dec. 15, 2017.

The cap has been met earlier than previous years; in the past four years the cap was met between January and March.

Congress mandated 66,000 visas would be authorized per year for H-2B workers: 33,000 visas are issued for the first half of the fiscal year (October - March) and 33,000 for the second half (April - September).

USCIS will continue to accept applications for the second half of the 2018 fiscal year and applications exempt from the cap.

Exemptions are current H-2B workers petitioning to extend their stay, those in the fish roe industry and certain workers in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands or Guam.

USCIS will reject any applications with a start date before Apr. 1, 2018.

H-2B petitioners are encouraged to visit for information regarding fiscal year caps and status of their applications.

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August 21, 2019, 1:30 am PDT

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