Visa cap for the H-2B visa for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2020 has been reached, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reveals.

According to USCIS in the lottery conducted on February 20, the number of petitions surpassed the number of available H-2B visas for a fiscal year, VisaGuide.Worldreports.

“On Feb. 18, the number of beneficiaries for whom USCIS received petitions surpassed the total number of remaining H-2B visas available for the H-2B cap for the second half of FY 2020. In accordance with regulations, USCIS determined it was necessary to use a computer-generated selection process intended to ensure the fair and orderly allocation of H-2B visa cap numbers available, without exceeding the FY 2020 cap” the USCIS statement reads.

The petitions that have not been selected for this turn will be returned to the companies.

All the petitions for H-2B that are free from the congressionally mandated cap will continue to be accepted by USCIS.

This will include the overseas workers in the US that currently have an H-2B visa and wish to extend their stay or change their employers and fish roe processors, technicians or fish roe processing.

USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the cap such as workers performing labour or services in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from Nov. 28, 2009, until Dec. 31, 2029,” the statement pointed out.

H-2B visa intents to fulfil the number of employees in companies who need workers but cannot be found in the US. These temporary foreign employees can work in different industries in the US such as construction, restaurants, hospitality, landscaping, etc.

The H-2B visa allows 66,000 workers to work in the US per fiscal year.

The latest decision of the White House administration aims to raise the cap of seasonal workers to its highest level, by planning to return to work in this summer up to 45,000 overseas workers.

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