The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the H-2B cap for the second half of the fiscal year 2022 has been reached.
The agency stressed that February 25 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting employment on or after April 1 and before October 1, VisaGuide.World reports.
The USCIS stressed that it would reject any petitions received after February 25.
“We will reject any new H-2B petitions received after February 25, 2022, requesting an employment start date on or after April 1, 2022, and before October 1, 2022,” the statement reads.
However, the agency has announced that it will continue to accept petitions that are exempted from the congressionally mandated cap, including petitions for H-2B workers in the US who plan to extend their stay or change the terms of their employers.
In addition, fish roe processors, technicians, or supervisors of fish roe processing, as well as workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, are also exempted from the congressionally mandated cap.
As for the first half of the fiscal year 2022, USCIS will continue to accept H-2B petitions through March 31 for H-2B petitions while start dates are on or before March 31, under the rule permitting an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the first half of 2022.
“Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as amended, 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 for workers who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30), plus any unused numbers from the first half of the fiscal year, if any,” the statement reads.
Through the H-2B visa, non-agricultural workers from other countries are eligible to work in the United States temporarily.
In December, Biden’s administration announced that it made available an additional 20,000 H-2B visas for the fiscal year 2022. Such a decision was confirmed through a statement published by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, while stressing that the visas would be set aside for employers interested in engaging a large number of international to work in the non-agricultural field in the US on or before March 31.
The USCIS recently announced that it received enough petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa for US advanced degree exemption called the master’s cap for the fiscal year 2022.