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 United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a national webinar, “H-2B Visa Program: Overview and Country Specific Allocations Recruitment Webinar“, Thursday, March 7, 2024, between 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm (Eastern). The webinar covers the H-2B visa program and will provide an overview of country-specific allocations recruitment for workers from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Haiti. 

Review the USCIS Upcoming National Engagements Web Page for more details: H-2B Visa Program: Overview and Country Specific Allocations Recruitment Webinar 

  
To Register for this webinar:  

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The H-2B non-agricultural temporary worker program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs. There is a cap limit of 33,000 for the first half of the fiscal year and 33,000 for the second half for a total of 66,000 per year. If the cap is not reached during the first half of the fiscal year, the extra numbers are then made available for the second half.

The H-2B cap limit for first half of FY 2024 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/11/23); On October 11, 2023, the H-2B cap for the first half of FY 2024 was reached!


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2024 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (2/22/24); 13,476 beneficiaries have been approved and 7,861 are pending for a total of 21,337.

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You can check USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) processing times at any time online using the link below, it is on their web site. You will need to select your form number, next select the form category, and last select the office processing your case and they will display a processing time. USCIS has made processing times easier to understand and provides a more realistic date range. 

Check Case Processing Times 

The processing time range is how long it takes for USCIS to process your type of case from the date they received it. USCIS processes cases in the order they receive them, and they normally update this information monthly. The estimated time range displayed is based on data captured over the last two months. 

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We wanted to find a new way to engage our reader base. Every other Friday, we will post the ten (10) best/most frequently asked questions received during the week from our h1bvisalawyerblog, Facebook, and Twitter readers. We will answer those questions and provide the Q&A on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

If you have a burning question, are seeking assistance with a difficult immigration related case, wish to discuss your views on Comprehensive Immigration Reform, DREAMers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, priority dates, the monthly visa bulletin, adjustment applications, etc., please contact us by submitting your question/comment/viewpoint in our comment box provided on our H-1B Visa Lawyer Blog.

Our next “Q & A Forum” will take place this Friday, March 1, 2024. Act now and submit your questions!

The Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) provides an updated ‘processing times’ in table form, with information on FY2024 first quarterly completions; October 2023 to December 2023. These figures indicate the time that it takes from the date the case is received at AAO coming from the Service Center or District Office to completion.

AAO Processing Times were released with processing dates as of 1/19/24. If you filed an appeal, please review the link below to determine the applicable processing time associated with your particular case.

Note: Starting with the January 2017 Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) Processing Times Report, the AAO has changed how it presents processing time data. The AAO will now provide, by form type, the total number of case completions for the fiscal year quarter and the percentage completed within 180 days, cases completed divided by their projected case goal.

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The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be holding a national webinar, “FY 2025 H-1B Electronic Registration Process” on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, between 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm (Eastern).

The USCIS announcement states that during this webinar, USCIS representatives will:

  • Share updates on changes to the FY 2025 H-1B electronic registration process; 

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Presidents’ Day was established by the U.S. government in 1885 to honor the birthday date of our first President, George Washington. The official name for the holiday is still “Washington’s Birthday”. Washington’s Birthday is really February 22nd, but this federal holiday is celebrated on the third Monday of February, it extents the holiday weekend! This holiday is thought to celebrate all U.S. Presidents!

Presidents’ Day in the United States

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1.When will the Registration period open for the H-1B CAP for FY2025? March 6, 2024 at noon (est.) and it will close on March 22, 2024 at noon (est.).

2. Who may submit an H-1B CAP registration? A U.S. employer (Petitioner) and their Representatives (Attorney). 

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