USCIS Reaches H2B Cap for Second Half of FY-2019

by Eliza Grinberg on Mar. 04, 2019

Immigration Immigration  Deportation Immigration  Visa 

Summary: On February 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H2B petitions to meet the H2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2019.

immigration attorney nycOn February 22, 2019, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it received enough H2B petitions to meet the H2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2019 [PDF version]. February 19, 2019, was the final receipt date for H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2019. Accordingly, the USCIS will reject any new cap-subject H2B petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2019.

The USCIS received petitions for more potential H2B beneficiaries than the total number of remaining available H2B visas for the second half of fiscal year 2019. Accordingly, the USCIS conducted an H2B lottery to select from those petitions enough to meet the fiscal year 2019 H2B cap. The USCIS assigned all H2B petitions selected in the H2B lottery a receipt date of February 22, 2019. The USCIS also began premium process service [see article] for H2B petitions selected in the H2B lottery on that date.

Notwithstanding the USCIS's meeting the H2B cap for the second half of fiscal year 2019, the USCIS will continue to accept H2B petitions that are not subject to the H2B cap. For example, current H2B workers who are petitioning for an extension of stay and (if applicable) a change of the terms of employment or change of employer are not subject to the H2B cap. Certain petitions for fish roe processors, fish roe technicians, and supervisors of fish roe processing are not subject to the H2B cap. Finally, H2B petitions in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are, under specific rules, not subject to the H2B cap from November 29, 2009, through December 31, 2029.

To learn about which countries are eligible to participate in the H2B program in 2019, please see our full article on the subject [see article].

Please visit the nyc immigration lawyers website for further information. The Law Offices of Grinberg & Segal, PLLC focuses vast segment of its practice on immigration law. This steadfast dedication has resulted in thousands of immigrants throughout the United States.

Lawyer website: http://myattorneyusa.com

Legal Articles Additional Disclaimer

Lawyer.com is not a law firm and does not offer legal advice. Content posted on Lawyer.com is the sole responsibility of the person from whom such content originated and is not reviewed or commented on by Lawyer.com. The application of law to any set of facts is a highly specialized skill, practiced by lawyers and often dependent on jurisdiction. Content on the site of a legal nature may or may not be accurate for a particular state or jurisdiction and may largely depend on specific circumstances surrounding individual cases, which may or may not be consistent with your circumstances or may no longer be up-to-date to the extent that laws have changed since posting. Legal articles therefore are for review as general research and for use in helping to gauge a lawyer's expertise on a matter. If you are seeking specific legal advice, Lawyer.com recommends that you contact a lawyer to review your specific issues. See Lawyer.com's full Terms of Use for more information.