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DOL plans to randomize processing of H-2B visa applications, rather than first-come-first-serve

  1. Original Date Announced

    February 26, 2019

    DOL announces its plans to switch to from a first-come-first-served basis for processing H2-B visa applications to randomly assigning visas a place in the processing queue. Because of the scarcity of these visas and the intense competition to receive them, there is an overwhelming number of applicants on the first day of the filing period (Jan. 1), leading to the iCert system crashing. [ID #546]

    DOL Press Release: U.S. Department of Labor Announces Updates to the H-2B Temporary Labor Certification Program
  2. Effective Date

    July 3, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: USCIS DOL



Trump-Era Policy Documents

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