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H2B Cap for the Second Half of the Fiscal Year to Reach Soon
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On January 5, 2009, USCIS updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap for the second half of the fiscal year 2009. As of January 5, 2009, 36,319 H-2B visa petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009. Out of the total 36,319 H-2B visa petitions, 20,687 beneficiaries have been approved while 15,632 are pending.

Cap Type Cap Beneficiaries Approved Beneficiaries Pending Beneficiaries Target1 Total Date of Last Count
H-2B 1st Half
33,000
------ ------ ------ Cap Reached 7/29/2008
H-2B 2nd Half
33,000 2
20,687
15,632
50,000
36,319
01/02/2009
H-2B Annual (FY 09)
66,0003 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------

1 Refers to the estimated numbers of beneficiary applications needed to reach a cap, with an allowance for withdrawals, denials and revocations
2 A shortfall in the 1st half would be made up in the 2nd half.
3 Visas issued plus beneficiaries changing status already in the United States.


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