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H-2B Temporary Rule Published in FR (July 19, 2017)

Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 137 / Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security (‘‘Secretary’’), in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H–2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of...

Cyrus Mehta on Trump’s H-2B Visa Conflict: How We Can Take Advantage Of It To Gain Broader Immigration Reform

Cyrus Mehta, July 24, 2017 - "On July 19, 2017, the Trump administration increased the H-2B cap from 66,000 to 81,000 by promulgating a final rule . H-2B visas are annually capped at 66,000 under the law. Due to an increase in demand of essential workers to serve landscapers, hotels, restaurants...

H-2B Visas And The Making Of An 'Ultra Vires' Regulation - Daniel M. Kowalski (Law360)

Daniel M. Kowalski, July 25, 2017 - "[O]n July 19, 2017, DHS and the DOL jointly published a temporary rule in the Federal Register, effective immediately, authorizing the issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas through the end of fiscal year 2017, i.e., Sept. 30. For many H-2B-dependent employers...

OFLC Schedules H-2A, H-2B Webinars in October 2017

As part of the Office of Foreign Labor Certification's (OFLC) on-going efforts to increase public engagement, OFLC will host a webinar on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 , designed to educate stakeholders, program users, and other interested members of the public on recent program workload trends, common...

Americans Won't Do These Jobs...Or Will They? (Follow the Money)

Hal Herring, High Country News, Oct. 30, 2017 - "Tree-planting, like thinning timber, picking cherries or peaches, milking cows, tending strawberries in pesticide-laden fields, and so on, were all declared jobs Americans won’t do. Manual labor, even skilled manual labor, has become the province...

USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2018

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 start date before April 1, 2018. USCIS will...

The Race Is On For H-2B Visas

DOL, Jan. 3, 2018 - "The Department of Labor's (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this public service announcement to alert employers and other interested stakeholders about the high volume of applications received requesting temporary labor certification under the...

Advance Copy of H-2A, H-2B Country List - Belize, Haiti and Samoa Removed; Mongolia Added

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 01/18/2018.

Haiti, Belize, Samoa Removed from H-2 Visa List; Mongolia Added (Federal Register, Jan. 18, 2018)

Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible To Participate in the H–2A and H–2B Nonimmigrant Worker Programs - "This notice is effective January 18, 2018, and shall be without effect after January 18, 2019."

OFLC Posts H-2B Processing Notice

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 15 / Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - "The Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) is issuing this notice to announce to employers and other interested stakeholders about a process change to better assure fairness regarding...

OFLC Posts FY 2018 H-2B Visa Foreign Labor Recruiter List

OFLC, Jan. 29, 2018 - "Pursuant to 20 CFR § 655.9(c), the Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is publishing an updated list of the names of foreign labor recruiters and the identity and location of persons or entities hired by or working for the recruiter that employers have indicated...

And You Thought H-2Bs Could Not Get More Complicated - USCIS Policy Memo re Guam

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 pertains to certain H-2B petitions requesting start...

USCIS Hits 33K H-2B Visa Cap in 7 Days

USCIS, Mar. 1, 2018 - "On Feb. 21, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B cap-subject petitions for the second half of fiscal year 2018. During the first five business days USCIS received approximately 2,700 H-2B cap-subject petitions requesting approximately 47...

15K Extra FY2018 H-2B Visas - Federal Register, May 31, 2018

Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 105 / Thursday, May 31, 2018 - "The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, has decided to increase the numerical limitation on H–2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize the issuance of up to an additional 15,000 through the end...

Down to the Millisecond! H-2B Processing at DOL/ETA

DOL, June 1, 2018 - H-2B Processing Announcement "The Department of Labor's Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) is making this announcement to inform employers and other interested stakeholders how H-2B Applications for Temporary Employment Certification , Form ETA-9142B, filed by...

USCIS to Conduct Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap

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 end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. In the first five...

USCIS Completes Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap

USCIS, June 11, 2018 - "On May 31, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began receiving H-2B petitions 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 end of fiscal year (FY) 2018. ...