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H-2B Cap reached for 2017

USCIS announced that it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the congressionally mandated H-2B cap for FY2017. March 13, 2017, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017.

USCIS Reaches CW-1 Cap for FY2017

USCIS announced that it has received enough petitions to reach the numerical limit of 12,998 workers who may be issued CNMI-Only Transitional Worker (CW-1) visas or otherwise provided with CW-1 status for FY2017. The final receipt date for CW-1 worker petitions requesting an employment start date before October 1, 2017, was October 14, 2016.

USCIS Updates the H-2B Cap Count

As of May 2, 2016, USCIS had receipted 32,620 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY2016. This count includes 26,426 approved and 6,194 pending beneficiaries.

USCIS Updates the H-2B Cap Count

As of April 25, 2016, USCIS had receipted 29,030 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY2016. This count includes 23,421 approved and 5,609 pending beneficiaries.

USCIS Updates the H-2B Cap Count

As of March 31, 2016, USCIS had receipted 13,998 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2016. This count includes 7,066 approved and 6,932 pending beneficiaries.

USCIS Guidance on Delivery Service Errors for FY2016 H-1B Cap Filings

USCIS provided guidance on the proper action to take if H-1B cap-subject filings for FY2016 are mishandled by delivery services. USCIS advised that it will reject any petitions received after the cap is met, including second H-1B petitions filed because of a delivery service mishandling. AILA reminds members who elect to file a second H-1B cap-subject petition in accordance with this guidance that the first petition will be withdrawn even if it is ultimately selected in the lottery. The second petition is completely separate and does not “replace” the first petition.

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