H-2B Count Update

USCIS has updated the count of H-2B visa petitions for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and the 1st half of FY 2013. As of August 24, 2012, USCIS has approved filings on behalf of approximately 27,867 H2B beneficiaries for the 2nd half of FY 2012 and 1,894 H2B beneficiaries for the 1st half of FY 2013. Currently, the H-2B cap set by Congress is 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the 1st half of the fiscal year (October 1 – March 31) and 33,000 to be allocated for employment beginning in the 2nd half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30).

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