The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated 33,000 H-2B visa cap for the final six months of Fiscal Year 2007. According to the USCIS, the final receipt date for H-2B applications was March 16, 2007. Any applications received after that will be returned.
Earlier last year, Congress enacted legislation allowing “returning workers” to be exempt from H-2B cap limitations. In order to qualify as a “return worker,” the worker must have counted against the H-2B numerical cap between October 1, 2003, and September 30, 2006. The USCIS has stated that the “return worker” petitions will continue to be reviewed, as these visas do not count against the cap.
To find out more information regarding the USCIS decision, visit www.anla.org .