U.S. Hits Mid-Year Cap on Temporary Worker Visas Applications

Oct. 13, 2021, 2:10 PM

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached a mid-fiscal 2022 limit on the number of visas sought by non-farm seasonal workers, the agency said this week.

The agency will not accept new H-2B visa applications for employment starting before April 2022. While H-2A seasonal visa holders work in agriculture, their H-2B counterparts are employed in seasonal jobs in industries including landscaping, hospitality, forestry, and seafood processing. While the duration varies, the maximum for both visas is three years.

The congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas is 66,000 per fiscal year, with half going to workers whose employment starts between October ...

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