U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has reported that it has received
9,002 H-2B petitions counting towards the H-2B Cap for the first half of FY 2007.
Separate data related to petitions for ‘returning workers’ has also
The "returning worker" provisions of the Save Our Small and Seasonal
Businesses Act of 2005 (SOS Act) are currently set to expire on September 30,
2006, which represents the end of FY 2006. If the “returning worker”
provisions of the SOS Act are not extended by Congress, then aliens who would
have otherwise qualified as returning workers will be subject to the annual cap
of 66,000 in FY 2007.
||H-2B 1st Half
|Beneficiaries Approved ---New
|Beneficiaries Pending---New and Returning
||To be determined
|Date of Last Count
The H-2B visa category allows U.S. employers in industries with peak load, seasonal
or intermittent needs to augment their existing labor force with temporary workers.
The H-2B visa category also allows U.S. employers to augment their existing labor
force when necessary due to a one-time occurrence which necessitates a temporary
increase in workers. Typically, H-2B workers fill labor needs in occupational
areas such as construction, health care, landscaping, lumber, manufacturing, food
service/processing, and resort/hospitality services.
If you are an employer in the U.S. planning to hire foreign nationals for temporary
or seasonal work, please contact