The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it has reached enough petitions for H-2B Cap for the first half of the fiscal year 2023.
Through the H-2B visa, internationals are eligible to get engaged in temporary jobs in the United States in non-agricultural fields in order to fill in the labor shortages that the US employers are facing, VisaGuide.World reports.
“September 12, 2022, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker requests requesting an employment start date before April 1, next year. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after September 12, 2022, that request an employment start date before April 1, 2023,” the statement reads.
The USCIS has also announced that it continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the mandated cap, including petitions for the H-2B workers in the US who extend their stay, change employers or change the terms as well as conditions for their employment.
In addition, it has also been emphasized that fish roe processors and technicians, as well as workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as well as Guam.
“US 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 a total of 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 those who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30),” the statement reads.
Previously, the USCIS announced that it made available a total of 35,000 H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers to go to the US in the second part of the fiscal year 2022.
According to the announcement of USCIS, the additional H-2B visas would be set aside for employers from the United States who are looking to employ additional workers engaged in non-agricultural fields such for the second half of the year, starting on or after April 1 until September 30.
On March 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), together with the Department of Labor (DOL), announced the introduction of a final rule that permits the release of an additional 35,000 H-2B visas for the second half of this fiscal year.
There are a total of 23,000 visas eligible for returning workers who get an H-2B visa or were granted H-3B status in the last three years. At the same time, it has been emphasized that a total of 11,500 visas, which are exempt from the returning work requirement, are dedicated to nationals of Honduras, Guatemala, Haiti, and El Salvador.