The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a statement announcing that the congressionally mandated H2-B cap for the first six months of fiscal year 2018 has been reached. The deadline was set December 15, 2017 for submitting H2-B applications with employment start dates before April 1, 2018. The USCIS, however, are accepting applications with employment start dates after April 1, 2018 and cap exempt petitions involving the following:
- Current H-2B workers in the United States petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable, change the terms of their employment or change their employers;
- Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians, and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and,
- Workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from Nov. 28, 2009, until Dec. 31, 2019.
The H2-B program is utilized for the employment of foreign workers for temporary nonagricultural jobs with a congressionally mandated cap of 66,000 per year allocated equally for the first and second halves of each fiscal year.