Breaking News! H-2B Cap Hit
The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) just announced that it has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2020. Feb. 18, 2020, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before Oct. 1, 2020. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Feb. 18 that request an employment start date before Oct. 1.
USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap. This includes petitions for:
- Current H-2B workers in the United States who wish to extend their stay and, if applicable, change the terms of their employment or change their employers;
- Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and
- Workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from Nov. 28, 2009, until Dec. 31, 2029.
Of course, we are anxiously awaiting word from DHS regarding Congressionally authorized cap relief. We have an active grassroots call to action encouraging Members of Congress to weigh in with DHS one more time on cap relief. If you haven’t yet sent a message to Congress, please do so right away!