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H2B Update: Cap Count as of August 25, 2006
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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 been provided.

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
Cap 33,000
Beneficiaries Approved ---New 3,626
Beneficiaries Approved---Returning 612
Beneficiaries Pending---New and Returning 4,764
Beneficiary Target To be determined
Total 9,002
Date of Last Count 8/25/2006

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 us.


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