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USCIS announces lottery for H-2B visas

  1. Date Announced

    May 31, 2018

    USCIS announces a lottery to award the remaining 15,000 H-2B visas allocated for FY 2018. The lottery is required because USCIS increased the H-2B cap by 15,000, and that cap was exceeded within the first five days in which USCIS accepted petitions. No additional petitions will be accepted. [ID #514]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    May 31, 2018
  3. Subsequent Action

    June 11, 2018

    USCIS ran lottery for 15,000 additional H-2B petitions on June 7, 2018. On June 11, 2018, USCIS began issuing notifications to the petitioners that were selected.

    USCIS Completes Lottery for Temporary Increase in FY 2018 H-2B Cap

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