US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the H-2B visa cap for the 2017 fiscal year had been reached. The final receipt date was March 13, 2017. Currently, the H-2B visa cap set by Congress is 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the first half of the fiscal year (October 1 - March 31) and 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 - September 30).
Earlier this month, US Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a bipartisan group of 29 senators requested that the Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly conduct an audit to determine the number of unused visas during the first half of FY2017. They requested that any unused visas be made available immediately. Previous audits of this nature have discovered unused visas.
With the cap met, no additional H-2B visas will be available until October 1, 2017.