The H-2B visa program for seasonal workers has invited thousands of temporary workers to the United States each year since 1952 and continues to this day! The H-2B visa was created to help fill short-term labor shortages in the US within specific non-agricultural occupations during busy seasons. A few occupations you could see being qualified for the H-2B visa include ski resort workers, construction laborers, business trainers, athletes, entertainers, plus more.
H-2B Visa Cap Count
Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 workers being invited each half of the year. On September 14th, 2022, the USCIS announced that the as of September 12th, 33,000 H-2B visas had already been issued to qualified candidates. Cap-subject H-2B petitions requesting employment start dates prior to April 1, 2023, will now be rejected by USCIS.
This first half of the year H-2B visa cap was reached two weeks earlier than last year which seems to decrease the chances of workers starting later in the year being approved. For those who were not accepted under the first H-2B cap, we advise applicants to continue their application processing so that certifications are ready if and when visas become available for start dates prior to April 1, 2023, or in case you fall under the visa cap-exempt category.
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H-2B Visa Cap-Exempts
Those H-2B petitions exempt from the H-2B visa cap include:
- Change of employer petitions with a request to extend stay in H-2B status
- Out-of-country petitions for beneficiaries who have already been counted against the first 33,000 limits for FY2023, and
- Petitions for workers in the fish roe processing industry and labor services in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or Guam
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