USCIS advised stakeholders that, effective December 18, 2015, H-2B workers identified as “returning workers” are exempted from the FY2016 annual H-2B cap of 66,000 visas, pursuant to the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 114-113). H-2B employers are urged to identify “returning workers” when filing petitions.

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USCIS Alert: H-2B Returning Workers Are Exempt from the FY2016 H-2B Cap