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Additional H-2B Visas Already Exhausted

H-2B visas available under the FY2018 supplemental cap, following yesterday’s announcement from USCIS that it will conduct a lottery to randomly select the number of petitions required to meet the increased FY2018 cap from H-2B cap-subject petitions received between May 31 and June 6, 2018 is already exhausted12:55 AM

DOL Releases Form ETA-9142-B-CAA for H-2B Filings

DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) published Form ETA-9142-B-CAA and its instructions in support of the DHS/DOL temporary rule increasing the FY2018 numerical limitation for the H-2B program, which was published today and is effective immediately

DOL Notice on Process Change for H-2B Labor Certifications

DOL published notice in the Federal Register on a change to the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) process for issuing final H-2B labor certification decisions for applications with a start date of need between April 1 and September 30, 2018.

DOL Announces Enhancement of iCERT System to Streamline Processing in H-2A and H-2B Programs

along with: In an effort to help mitigate delays associated with connecting State Workforce Agency (SWA) documentation to the employer’s pending H-2A or H-2B application and provide employers with better customer service, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced an update to its iCERT System to allow authorized SWA staff to electronically upload supporting documentation and other information directly to the employer’s pending application for immediate review by the assigned Chicago National Processing Center (CNPC) analyst. Initially, OFLC will be implementing this update in 33 states, with the goal of nationwide implementation by September 30, 2018.

In an effort to help mitigate delays associated with connecting State Workforce Agency (SWA) documentation to the employer’s pending H-2A or H-2B application and provide employers with better customer service, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced an update to its iCERT System to allow authorized SWA staff to electronically upload supporting documentation and other information directly to the employer’s pending application for immediate review by the assigned Chicago National Processing Center (CNPC) analyst. Initially, OFLC will be implementing this update in 33 states, with the goal of nationwide implementation by September 30, 2018.

DOL Announces Changes to Its iCERT System for H-2A and H-2B Programs

For FY2017, more than 83 percent of H-2A applications and approximately 94 percent of H-2B applications were submitted electronically through the iCERT System with very little system disruption during the peak filing season. In an effort to provide better service and ensure more complete H-2A and H-2B applications are submitted for review, DOL’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will release new enhancements to the iCERT System on or about October 10, 2017.

DHS and DOL Issue Joint Temporary Rule Increasing the H-2B Cap

DHS and DOL published a temporary rule in the Federal Register, increasing the H-2B cap for the remainder of FY2017 by an additional 15,000 visas, effective from July 19, 2017, through September 30, 2017. USCIS provided additional information regarding who can petition for these additional visas, how to file an H-2B petition under this one-time increase, filing information, and filing deadlines. Employers will be required to complete a Form ETA 9142-B-CAA, certifying that their business is in danger of suffering irreparable harm due to a lack of available temporary nonagricultural workers.

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

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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