H-2B Cap Count as of November 7, 2016

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its count of H-2B filing for temporary non-agricultural visas (H-2Bs) for employment for the first and second halves of FY 2017.

As of March 2, 2016, for the First Half of the FY 2017 Fiscal Year, USCIS has receipted filings on behalf of 12,809 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-2B cap amount.  This count includes 11,696 approved and 1,113 pending petitions.  For the Second Half of the FY 2016 Fiscal Year, USCIS has not receipted  yet.   SOURCE

USCIS places a statutory numerical limit, or “cap,” on the total number aliens that it would issue a visa or otherwise provide H-2B status to (including through a change of status) during a fiscal year.  Currently, the H-2B cap set by Congress is 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 allocated for employment beginning in the 1st half of the fiscal year (October 1 – March 31) and 33,000 allocated for employment beginning in the 2nd half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30).  USCIS will accept filings in excess of the cap because of denials or withdrawn petitions and because employers may in the end employ fewer H-2B beneficiaries than shown in their petitions.


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