USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) has announced that it has got sufficient petitions to fill the congressionally authorized H-2B cap for the fiscal year 2015.
On 26 March 2015, USCIS had received the final application for new H-2B worker petitions seeking an employment start date prior to 1 October 2015. On this day, they have received adequate petitions that are subjected to cap to meet the statutory limit of 66,000 H-2B worker visas for Fiscal year 2015.
Reportedly, USCIS will keep on accepting H-2B petitions that are excluded from the congressionally specified cap. This comprises of petitions that were filed on behalf of some beneficiaries, which includes H-2B workers in the US or overseas who have formerly been included in the cap within last three years. And, existing H2B workers wishing to apply for an extension of stay and planning to change of employer or any terms of employment are exempted from the cap.
The exemption is also applicable to fish roe technicians, Fish roe processors or supervisors of fish roe processing. And, H-2B workers carrying out labor or services from 28 November 2009 till 31 December 2019 in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and Guam are also exempted from the cap.