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On Wednesday, November 20, 2019, USCIS announced that it has reached the H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2020. November 15, 2019 is now the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B worker requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2020. 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 the first half FY2020. USCIS continues to accept petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated H-2B cap.

The exceptions are listed below:

• Current H-2B workers in the U.S. petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable, change the terms of their employment or change their employers;

On November 15, 2019, USCIS reached the cap limit for the 1st half of Fiscal Year 2020!

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 2020 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/15/19). (Cap Reached for 1st half of FY 2020)

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 2020 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/7/19); 28,371 beneficiaries have been approved and 4,989 are pending for a total of 33,360.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2020 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/7/19); 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 2020 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/6/19); 26,412 beneficiaries have been approved and 5,666 are pending for a total of 32,078.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2020 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (11/6/19); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

On Thursday, November 7th, USCIS announced as part of the final rule for the H-1B electronic registration system, they will be charging a non-refundable $10 fee for each H-1B petitioned by an employer. This $10 registration fee will not start until the USCIS implements the electronic registration system.

For further details please review the USCIS News Release, “USCIS Implements $10 Fee for H-1B Visa Registration”.

*The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent.

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 2020 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/31/19); 22,931 beneficiaries have been approved and 6,411 are pending for a total of 29,342.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2020 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/31/19); 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 2020 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/24/19); 21,375 beneficiaries have been approved and 4,444 are pending for a total of 25,819.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2020 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/24/19); 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 2020 (October 1 – March 31) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/10/19); 18,188 beneficiaries have been approved and 2,331 are pending for a total of 20,519.


The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2020 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (10/10/19); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.

Every year nearly 400 temporary foreign workers arrive, mostly crab pickers, they are hired to work on some the secluded Chesapeake Bay islands’ seafood processing plants! These seasonal workers, which are mostly from Mexico came to Maryland’s Eastern Shore as part of the H-2B visa nonimmigrant program!

For further details please review the Baltimore Sun’s News Article, “‘I’m not here to take anyone’s job’: Mexican crab pickers quietly work in Maryland as immigration debate rages”.

Background:

USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of H-2B petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap (33,000) for the second half of FY 2019. February 19, 2019 is now the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B worker requesting employment start dates before October 1, 2019. 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 second half of FY2019, for a total of 66,000 for the year.

USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions that were received after February 19, 2019 and that request an employment start date before October 1, 2019, but there are some exceptions!

The exceptions are listed below: