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DHS Publishes Notice of Eligible H‑2A and H‑2B Countries for 2019

DHS published notice in the Federal Register of the 84 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H‑2A program and the 81 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H‑2B program for the coming year. The designations in the notice are effective from January 19, 2019, and shall be without effect after January 18, 2020.

DHS Publishes Notice of Eligible H‑2A and H‑2B Countries for 2019

DHS published notice in the Federal Register of the 84 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H‑2A program and the 81 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H‑2B program for the coming year. The designations in the notice are effective from January 19, 2019, and shall be without effect after January 18, 2020.

DOL Provides Update on Cause of iCERT System Outage

DOL announced that the iCERT system is experiencing an outage due to the unprecedented demand for H‑2B certifications received within the first five minutes of the semi-annual H‑2B certification process, which opened on January 1, 2019, at 12:00 am (ET). DOL stated it is working diligently to resolve the issue and will give at least 24 hours’ notice before the iCERT system is reopened. DOL will provide another update tomorrow

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 Releases Emergency H-2B Guidance on Implementing the 2016 DOL Appropriations Act

The 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 114-113), signed into law on December 18, 2015, contains several provisions in Division H, Title I impacting the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) administration of the H-2B temporary nonagricultural visa program.

H2B Cap reopened

USCIS reopened the FY2015 H-2B cap today, and is now accepting petitions requesting new H-2B workers with an employment start date between April 1, 2015, and September 30, 2015. The agency explained that the number of H-2B visas actually issued by the State Department was less than the number of beneficiaries seeking consular notification that had been identified on approved petitions.

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