H-2B Count for First Half of Fiscal Year 2013

November 23rd, 2012

As of 11/23/12, USCIS receipted 11,413 beneficiaries toward the 33,000 H-B cap amount for the first half of FY2013. This count includes 9,759 approved and 1,654 pending beneficiaries.

Once the H-2B cap is reached, USCIS may only accept petitions for H-2B workers who are exempt from the H-2B cap.

Generally, persons exempt from the cap include H-2B workers who extend his/her stay in H-2B status.  Similarly, the spouse and children of H-2B workers classified as H-4 nonimmigrants are not counted against this cap.   Additionally petitions for the following types of workers are exempt the H-2B cap: