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 2017 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (1/10/17) this first half cap count has been reached. Please read USCIS update below!
The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2017 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (2/9/17); 2,523 beneficiaries have been approved and 5,576 are pending for a total of 8,099.
UPDATE: The congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year (FY) 2017 has been reached. January 10, 2017 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2017. The final receipt date is when USCIS received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the limit of 33,000 H-2B workers for the first half of FY 2017. This means that no cap numbers from the first half of FY 2017 will carry over to the second half of FY 2017, which begins on April 1, 2017.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 2/9/17, Web Page: Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants
AILA Doc. No. 16110861 (Posted 2/10/17): Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants
USCIS.gov, 11/8/16, Web Page: H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers