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DHS authorizes temporary 15,000 increase in H-2B visas

  1. Original Date Announced

    May 31, 2018

    The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, issues a temporary rule increasing the limit on H-2B nonimmigrant visas to authorize up to an additional 15,000 through the end of FY 2018. This increase will not affect the H-2B program in future fiscal years. [ID #513]

    DHS Announces Additional Visas for Foreign Workers to Assist American Businesses at Risk of Failing Federal Register-Temporary Rule: Exercise of Time-Limited Authority to Increase the Fiscal Year 2019 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultlural Worker Program
  2. Effective Date

    May 31, 2018
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  4. Biden Administration Action

    April 20, 2021

    2021.04.20 DHS to Make Additional 22,000 Temporary, Non-Agricultural Worker Visas Available

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On April 20, 2021, DHS announced that it would make available 22,000 temporary, non-agricultural worker visas available under the H-2B category in the following months. DHS noted: " 6,000 of these visas will be reserved for nationals of the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala."

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  5. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    May 25, 2021

    2021.05.25 Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Fiscal Year 2021 Numerical Limitation for the H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H-2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers

    This Biden administration policy modifies the Trump-era policy identified in this entry.

    On May 25, 2021, DHS, in consultation with the Secretary of Labor, published a temporary final rule allowing for the issuance of up to 22,000 additional H-2B visas in FY2021. The rule also temporarily allows applicants who are already in the United States to begin work as soon as USCIS receives their application, rather than waiting for approval.

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Current Status

Fully in Effect
April 20, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration
May 25, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Rule
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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