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 (12/19/16); 17,003 beneficiaries have been approved and 4,250 are pending for a total of 21,253.
The H-2B cap limit for second half of FY 2017 (April 1 – September 30) is 33,000. As of the last count (12/19/16); 0 beneficiaries have been approved and 0 are pending for a total of 0.
Source of Information:
USCIS.gov, 12/19/16, Web Page:
Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants
USCIS.gov, 11/8/16, Web Page:
H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers