On Monday, March 13, 2017, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap (66,000) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. March 13, 2017 is now the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B worker requesting employment start dates before October 1, 2017. The “final receipt date” is the date on which USCIS determined that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the limit of H-2B workers for FY2017.
USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions that were received after March 13, 2017 and that request an employment start date before October 1, 2017, but there are some exceptions!
The exceptions are listed below: