<div class=”field-item even”><p>Release Date: Nov. 20, 2019</p><p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong>—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has reached the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2020.</p><p>Nov. 15 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2020. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Nov. 15 that request an employment start date before April 1, 2020.</p><p>USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap. This includes the following types of petitions:</p><ul><li>
Current H-2B workers in the U.S. petitioning to extend their stay and, if applicable, change the terms of their employment or change their employers;
Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians, and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and
Workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from Nov. 28, 2009, until Dec. 31, 2029.
</ul><p><span>U.S. businesses use the <a href=”/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2b-temporary-non-agricultural-workers”>H-2B program</a> to employ foreign workers for temporary nonagricultural jobs. 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 half of the fiscal year (Oct.1 – March 31) and 33,000 (plus any unused numbers from the first half of the fiscal year) for workers who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 – Sept. 30).</span></p><p><span>For more information, H-2B petitioners can visit the <a href=”/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2b-non-agricultural-workers/cap-count-h-2b-nonimmigrants”>Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants</a> page.</span></p><p><span>For more information on USCIS and our programs, please visit <a href=”/content/homepage-0″ title=”http://www.uscis.gov/”>uscis.gov</a> or follow us on Twitter (<a href=”http://twitter.com/uscis” title=”http://twitter.com/uscis”>@uscis</a>), Instagram (<a href=”https://www.instagram.com/uscis”>/uscis</a>), YouTube (<a href=”http://www.youtube.com/user/uscis” title=”http://www.youtube.com/user/uscis”>/uscis</a>), Facebook(/<a href=”https://www.facebook.com/uscis”>uscis</a>), and LinkedIn (<a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/company/uscis”>/uscis</a>).</span></p></div>
<p>Last Reviewed/Updated: 11/20/2019</p>