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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 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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