The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the cap has been reached for H-2B work visas for the final six months of 2006. The H-2B visa program allows employers to request foreign workers to fill a one-time, peak-load, intermittent, or seasonal need for labor when no workers are available in the local job force. The H-2B limit for the second half of 2006 is 33,000 visas.
Note, however, that “returning workers” are exempt from H-2B cap limitations in 2006. In order to qualify, the worker must have counted against the H-2B numerical cap between October 1, 2002, and September 30, 2005.
For more information on H-2B visas, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s compliance assistance website.
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