United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced this evening that the H-2B visa cap for the second half of 2019 was met on February 22, 2019.
As reported earlier, congress has given the Department of Homeland Security the ability to release up to 69,320 H-2B visas at their discretion. If the DHS decides to release all 69,320 visas, it would relieve the cap for 2019 and 100% of employers who applied for workers would receive them.
Congressional leaders will be addressing the situation with the DHS via a letter within the next week.
What YOU can do to HELP:
- Call the DHS public comment line by dialing (202) 282-8495
- If you have not done so already, you should also email the USCIS' Ombusman at email@example.com on the immediate need for additional visas. Click here for a template;
- Stay tuned for an email next week requesting that you contact your Members of Congress asking them to sign onto the letters to Secretaries Nielsen and Acosta;
- Tweet @DHSgov and @USDOL.