H-2B visa program updated cap count (3-9-17) Email
Thursday, March 09, 2017 04:00 PM
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Update from the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

Fiscal Year 2017 H-2B Cap Count

On January 12, 2017, USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap of 33,000 H-2B workers for the first half of FY 2017. January 10, 2017 is the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting employment start dates before April 1, 2017. USCIS will reject new H-2B petitions received after the final receipt date that request an employment start date before April 1, 2017.


Cap Type Cap Amount Beneficiaries Approved Beneficiaries Pending Total Beneficiaries1 Date of Last Count

First Half

of FY 2017

33,000       On Jan. 10, 2017, the cap for the 1st half of FY 2017 was reached.  01/10/2017


Second Half

of FY 2017

 33,0002 24,787  11,349  36,136



1 Refers to the total number of beneficiaries for approved or pending petitions filed with USCIS that could potentially be counted towards the H-2B cap. This number will ultimately exceed the actual cap to allow for withdrawals, denials, and approvals for which no visa is issued.

2 If the cap is not reached for the first half of the fiscal year, USCIS will make those unused numbers available for use during the second half of the fiscal year.

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