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: