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On Tuesday, December 21, 2017, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap (33,000) for the first half of FY 2018. December 15, 2017 is now the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B worker requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2018. The “final receipt date” is the date on which USCIS determined that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the limit of 33,000 H-2B workers for the first half of FY2018.

USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions that were received after December 15, 2017 and that request an employment start date before April 1, 2018, but there are some exceptions!

The exceptions are listed below:

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (12/11/17); 19,903 beneficiaries have been approved and 7,063 are pending for a total of 26,966.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (12/11/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/28/17); 17,290 beneficiaries have been approved and 4,914 are pending for a total of 22,204.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/28/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/14/17); 15,213 beneficiaries have been approved and 3,453 are pending for a total of 18,666.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/14/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/30/17); 12,913 beneficiaries have been approved and 1,812 are pending for a total of 14,725.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/30/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/16/17); 11,456 beneficiaries have been approved and 1,756 are pending for a total of 13,212.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/16/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (9/18/17); 6,418 beneficiaries have been approved and 1,468 are pending for a total of 7,886.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (9/18/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

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 2018 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (9/6/17); 4,580 beneficiaries have been approved and 1,240 are pending for a total of 5,820.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2018 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (9/6/17); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

On Monday, April 3rd, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced further measures to deter and detect H-1B visa fraud and abuse. USCIS feels they are protecting the American worker by combating fraud in our H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and has made that a priority.

USCIS will take a more targeted approach when making site visits across the country to H-1B petitioners and the worksites of H-1B employees. By filing an H-1B petition with the USCIS, an employer is giving the agency the authority to conduct random site visits to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations governing the H1B nonimmigrant visa program.

USCIS will focus on:

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: