DHS Releases 30,000 Additional H-2B Visas for Returning Workers

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On May 6, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) announced the pre-publication version of the rule set to become official in the May 8 edition of the Federal Register.

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FY2019 Spending Package Impacts H-2B Visa Availability

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HR 648, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, was signed into law on February 15 and included a provision to increase the availability of H-2B visas for the remainder of FY2019.  

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H-2B Visa Cap Met for First Half of FY2019

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On December 11, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the H-2B visa cap for the first half of the 2018 fiscal year had been reached. The final receipt date was Thursday, December 6. This is approximately three weeks earlier than the cap was hit in FY2018.

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Proposed Recruitment Change for H-2B Visas

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On November 9, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) jointly proposed a rule to modernize the recruitment provisions employers seeking H-2B nonimmigrant workers must conduct when applying for a temporary labor certification.

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Department of Labor Launches H-2B Compliance Initiative for Hotel & Landscape Industries

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In September, the US Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division (DOL) announced two nationwide initiatives to strengthen compliance with the labor provisions of the H-2B temporary visa program.  

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FY2018 Spending Package Impacts H-2B Visas, Proposed Tip Rules, and More

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HR 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, was passed by Congress on March 22. Two specific policy provisions were included in the Act, which impact the club industry specifically: Read more... (log in required).

2018 H-2B Visa Supply Exhausted

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) received requests for approximately 47,000 H-2B visas for the second half of FY2018. As a result, USCIS conducted a lottery on February 28, and randomly selected enough petitions to meet the 33,000 visa cap. For all petitions which were not selected, USCIS will reject and refund all associated fees.   Read more...  (log in required).