USCIS has announced that it’s reopened the H-2B visa cap, allowing people to apply for these work visas for 2015, a Los Angeles immigration lawyer explains.
This congressionally mandated cap has been set at 66,000, meaning that this is the limit for the number of H-2B work visas USCIS can issue in a given fiscal year.
Although USCIS announced in April that this cap had been reached (and, consequently, that no more applications for H-2B work visas for 2015 would be accepted), USCIS discovered via collaboration with the U.S. Department of State (DOS) that fewer visa requests were actually received this year. As a result, there are still H-2B visas available for 2015, and applications for them are now being accepted until the cap has been filled.
What are H-2B Visas?
H-2B visas allow foreign nationals to work in the U.S. temporarily in non-agricultural jobs for which there is a shortage of American workers. For an H-2B visa to be granted, the petitioner (i.e., an employer) must establish that there are insufficient U.S. workers to fulfill the specific work needs and that the need for this worker is temporary (due to, for instance, the work being seasonal, intermittent or a one-time project/occurrence).
Filing for an H-2B Visa: Important Info
In light of this news, here’s what you should know about filing for an H-2B visa during the second half of 2015:
- USCIS is receiving applications on a first come, first serve basis, so you need to get your petition filed ASAP if you want to obtain this work visa in 2015.
- To petition for an H-2B visa, a worker’s employer must complete/submit a Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker), provide the necessary supporting documents and indicate a work start date between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2015.
- Petitions that are received on Oct. 1, 2015 or that indicate a work start date after Oct. 1, 2015 will be considered for the 2016 H-2B cap/review.
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