USCIS has been able to receive a sufficient number of petitions in order to reach the congressionally mandated H‑2B cap for the first half of the fiscal year 2017. On January 10, 2017, it was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions who request an employment start date before April 1, 2017.
What really happens after Reaching this Cap?
All people requesting an employment start date before the April 1, 2017, will be unable to further process their H-2B petition because their request will be rejected.
These are the Petitions That Are Exempt from the Cap
All H-2B petitions that are exempts from the congressionally mandated cap will continually be accepted. This is valid for all the following types of petitions:
- All current H-2B workers in the United States petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable, to also change the terms of their employment or even change their employers;
- All fish roe processors, fish roe technicians and/or supervisors of fish roe processing;
- All workers performing services or work started from November 28, 2009, until December 31, 2019, located in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam.
If you need further, more detailed information about the H-2B work program, you can visit official website of USCIS.
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