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Tag: H-2B Visas

  • Understanding the Guam-CNMI Cap Exemption under Public Law 110-229

    The Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands) cap exemption is a specific provision under U.S. immigration law that affects H-1B and H-2B visas. Established by Public Law 110-229, known as the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008, this exemption was created to play a crucial role in the economic and developmental strategies of Guam […]
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  • USCUS Policy Update: Untimely Filed Extension of Stay and Change of Status Requests

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an update to its Policy Manual, introducing provisions that allow USCIS officers to excuse a nonimmigrant’s failure to timely file an extension of stay or change of status request if the delay was due to extraordinary circumstances beyond the control of the applicant or petitioner. The update […]
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  • USCIS Has Reached Their H-2B Visa Capacity for the First Half of 2022

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received enough petitions for H-2B visas to reach the congressionally mandated capacity for the first half of the fiscal year 2022.  USCIS allows for 66,000 total H-2B recipients per year, with 33,000 recipients each half-year.  H-2B visas are granted specifically for companies to bring foreign nationals to work […]
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  • USCIS Announces that Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers

    The H-2B program allow a U.S. employer or agent to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs. This classification requires a temporary labor certification issued by the Secretary of Labor. Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the first […]
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  • Breaking News: DHS Plans to Increase H-2B Visas this Summer

    On April 20, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced there will be an additional 22,000 H-2B visas available for foreign national guest workers in the upcoming months. The H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Worker program allows employers to hire foreign nationals to perform temporary, nonagricultural labor or services in the US. H-2B workers are often employed as […]
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  • The Biden Administration Allows Nonimmigrant Visa Ban to Expire

    On March 31, 2021, the Presidential Proclamation restricting the entry of certain nonimmigrants, including H-1B, H-2B, L-1, and certain J-1 travelers, into the United States, has been allowed to expire by President Biden.  It has been widely reported that President Biden will not renew this June 2020 Presidential Proclamation, put in place by the Trump […]
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  • DOS Issues Update on Court Order Regarding Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Pose a Risk to the U.S. Labor Market

    On June 22, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation 10052 (PP 10052) suspending certain nonimmigrant visas until December 31, 2020. Effective June 24, the proclamation prohibits foreign nationals, and any foreign nationals accompanying or following to join them, from entering the U.S. under the H-1B, H-2B, J, or L nonimmigrant visa classifications. Lawsuit Challenging the Proclamation’s Legal […]
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