ATTENTION: H-2B CAP REACHED FOR THE YEAR, LOTTERY CONDUCTED
February 22, 2019
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that they have reached the cap on H-2B visas for fiscal year 2019. This means that all new H-2B visa requests that request a start date before Oct 1, 2019 will be automatically rejected.
The final date for accepted visa requests will be Feb. 19, 2019. Because the number of petitions exceeded the number of allowable visas, this triggered the selection system known as the “lottery” to determine who would receive a H-2B visa. The lottery was conducted on Feb 21st, with the assignments being released on Feb 22nd.
IMPORTANT: There are visa requests that are EXEMPT from the cap. These include:
· Current H-2B workers extending their stay
· Fish roe processors, technicians, and supervisors
· Labor or service workers in Guam or Northern Mariana Islands
If you are unsure of your lottery status, confused as to whether or not you qualify for an exemption, or if you want to ensure an optimal visa for best lottery odds next year, it is important to seek qualified legal counsel specializing in immigration law immediately.
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