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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY 2022
Posted on 1 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 1, 2022 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2022. Feb. 25, 2022, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject... Read More

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DOL Punts on Additional H-2B Visas
Posted on 4 Nov 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOL, Nov. 4, 2021 The Department of Labor’s Response to Stakeholder Requests to Raise the H-2B Visa Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2022 "The Department of Labor (Department or DOL) continues to recognize that obtaining a reliable... Read More

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USCIS Runs Out of "Extra" H-2B Visas...in Five Days
Posted on 3 Jun 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 3, 2021 "Under the recently announced H-2B supplemental cap temporary final rule, USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the cap for the additional 16,000 H-2B visas made available for returning workers only. We continue to accept... Read More

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H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY 2021
Posted on 24 Feb 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 24, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2021. Feb. 12, 2021, was the final receipt date for new cap-subject... Read More

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Court Sanctions Against USCIS Could Affect All Visa Adjudications
Posted on 26 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Stuart Anderson, Forbes, June 25, 2019 "U.S. Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan, Jr. has recommended to the U.S. District Court of Guam that a Motion for Contempt be granted and sanctions be ordered against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration... Read More

Tags: sanctions , Guam , H-1B , USCIS , H-2B

Cap Reached for Additional H-2B Visas for FY 2019
Posted on 10 Jun 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 7, 2019 "USCIS has received enough petitions to reach the additional maximum 30,000 visas made available for returning workers under the H-2B numerical limit (also called a cap) for fiscal year (FY) 2019. As previously announced ... Read More

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DHS, DOL Post H-2B Rule (May 8, 2019)
Posted on 6 May 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Here is an Advance Copy of the rule to be published on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Read More

USCIS Reaches the H-2B Cap for the First Half of Fiscal Year 2016
Posted on 22 Mar 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Mar. 21, 2016 - "USCIS has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of Fiscal Year (FY) 2016. March 15, 2016 was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting... Read More

Tags: cap , USCIS , H-2B

USCIS Resumes H-2B Adjudications; Premium Processing Remains Suspended
Posted on 18 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Today, March 17, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing until further notice. Monday, March 16, 2015 the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an... Read More

Tags: stay , motion , Perez , USCIS , H-2B

And You Thought H-2Bs Could Not Get More Complicated - USCIS Policy Memo re Guam
Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Feb. 15, 2018 - "This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance regarding the filing and adjudication of H-2B nonimmigrant petitions that fall under section 1049 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA). This PM... Read More

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USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap
Posted on 6 Jun 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, June 6, 2018 - "As previously announced , USCIS began accepting H-2B petitions on May 31, 2018, under the temporary final rule increasing the numerical limit, or cap, on H-2B nonimmigrant visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the... Read More

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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2018
Posted on 21 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 21, 2017 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for the first half of fiscal year 2018. Dec. 15, 2017, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment... Read More

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News Excerpts From The Nov. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 21 Oct 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Government Shutdown: Impact on I-129 H Visa Extensions and AOS | Via e-Mail on October 18, 2013, USCIS alerted stakeholders that if an H-1B, H-2A, or H-2B petitioner submits evidence establishing that the primary reason for failing to timely file an... Read More

News Excerpts From The Jan. 1, 2014, Bender's Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 19 Dec 2013 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

EOIR Issues New Guidance Following Settlement of Asylum Clock Suit | On December 2, 2013, the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge issued two memoranda concerning implementation of the employment authorization “clock” for asylum applicants... Read More