U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has received

enough petitions to meet the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for

temporary nonagricultural workers for the second half of fiscal

year (FY) 2021.

February 12, 2021, was the final receipt date for new

cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start

date before October 1, 2021. USCIS said it will reject new

cap-subject H-2B petitions received after February 12 that request

an employment start date before October 1.

USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from

the congressionally mandated cap. This includes petitions for:

  • Current H-2B workers in the United States who wish 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 the

    Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from November 28, 2009, until

    December 31, 2029.


  • “H-2B Cap Reached for Second Half of FY 2021,” USCIS,


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