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USCIS Updates H‑2B Cap Count for FY2019

USCIS updated its H‑2B cap count for FY2019, stating that it has received 23,503 beneficiaries towards the 33,000 cap for the first half of FY2019, with 20,155 approved and 3,348 beneficiaries pending.

DOL and DHS Publish Proposed Rules on Modernizing Recruitment Requirements for H-2A and H-2B Workers

DOL published a proposed rule for the H-2A visa program and, jointly with DHS, a proposed rule for the H-2B visa program to modernize recruitment requirements for both programs by replacing the currently required newspaper advertisements with electronic advertisements.

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.

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