On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, USCIS announced that it has reached the H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2023. September 12, 2022 is now the “final receipt date” for cap-subject H-2B worker requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2023. 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 FY2023. 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;