The Biden administration announced plans to issue an additional 64,716 H-2B visas this fiscal year.
Background: The H-2B program permits employers to temporarily hire noncitizens to perform nonagricultural labor or services in the United States. The employment must be of a temporary nature, such as a one-time occurrence, seasonal need or intermittent need.
DHS makes 66,000 H-2B visas available annually for workers in jobs that are subject to the H-2B cap. Half of these visas are available in the first half of the fiscal year, beginning Oct. 1, and half are available in the second half, beginning April 1. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Oct. 13 that it had already received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for the first half of the fiscal year.
In announcing the supplemental visas, DHS said the additional allotment would “help address the need for seasonal workers and reduce irregular migration.” BAL will provide additional information on the supplemental visas as it becomes available.
This alert has been provided by the BAL U.S. Practice Group.
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