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H-2B cap hit for 2nd half of FY 2017 Email
Friday, March 17, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program updateFrom the H-2B Workforce Coalition:

H-2B Cap Hit! Act Now to #SaveH2B

This evening, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the 33,000 H-2B cap for the second half of fiscal 2017 was reached on March 13. According to DHS, March 13, 2017 is the "final receipt date" for H-2B worker petitions for fiscal year 2017. The "final receipt date" is the date on which USCIS determines that it has received enough cap-subject petitions to reach the annual limit of 66,000 H-2B workers. The following petitions are exempt from the cap:

  • 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 from November 28, 2009, until December 31, 2019, in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam.

What Can You Do?
This is a long list but we hope all H-2B employers will do each of the items below
to help compel quick Congressional action!

H-2B fly-in postponed (3/13/17) Email
Monday, March 13, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program updateUPDATE: The H-2B fly-in schedule for March 14 has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21 due to expected severe weather in Washington, DC. The Facebook event page is the best place to visit for the most up-to-date information.

Practical Employee Solutions (PES) has organized a fly-in to support the H-2B visa program. Supporters will spend the day meeting with legislators to discuss concerns about the program.

PES has created a Facebook event page to share information about the fly-in. Participants are asked to RSVP to [email protected].

ALCC members participating in this event can contact ALCC at 303 757-5611 if you would like help setting appointments with your representatives.

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H-2B visa program updated cap count (3-9-17) Email
Thursday, March 09, 2017 04:00 PM
H-2B action needed

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.

H-2B fly-in on 3/14/17 Email
Thursday, March 09, 2017 02:00 AM

H-2B program updatePractical Employee Solutions (PES) has organized a fly-in to support the H-2B visa program. Supporters will spend the day--Tuesday, March 14, 2017--meeting with legislators to discuss concerns about the program.

Teachers went to class—and more--at ProGreen Email
Tuesday, March 07, 2017 07:00 AM

Greeley High at ProGreenTeacher Day at ProGreen 2017—including lunch with industry pros sponsored by The L.L. Johnson Distributing Co.—gave high school teachers from around the state the chance to preview all that ProGreen provides. The goal: check out ProGreen to see what it might offer their students who are interested in landscape careers. Next year, many say they’ll be back and with their students.

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