USCIS Updates H-2B Cap Count

On July 1, 2008 USCIS updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap. As of July 1, 2008, 17,305 petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the first half of Fiscal Year 2009.

The H-2B visa category allows U.S. employers in industries with peak load, seasonal or intermittent needs to augment their existing labor force with temporary workers. The H-2B visa category also allows U.S. employers to augment their existing labor force when necessary due to a one-time occurrence which necessitates a temporary increase in workers. Typically, H-2B workers fill labor needs in occupational areas such as construction, health care, landscaping, lumber, manufacturing, food service/processing, and resort/hospitality services.

We will provide more information on the H-2B cap count as it becomes available.