USCIS no longer accepting Non-Agriculture H-2B Petitions
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on September 19, 2017 that it is no longer accepting applications from US based employers who were planning to hire temporary non-agricultural workers under the rule that allowed the increase of 15,000 (in addition to the H-2B cap reached in March 2017) of the H-2B visas that was announced by USCIS in July 2017. The authority to increase the number of H-2B visas for FY2017 was delegated to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by congress in May 2017. The Department Of Labor (DOL) and DHS determined that there were not enough qualified and willing U.S. workers available to perform temporary nonagricultural labor to satisfy the needs of some American businesses in FY 2017.
The deadline for applying for these additional H-2B visas was September 15th, 2017. USCIS announced that they had received 13,534 H-2B petitions by September 15th, 2017. Any H-2B visas not approved by USCIS by October 1, 2017 will be denied and no refund of the fees associated with H-2B filings will be provided.
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