H-2B Alert: Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers

July 26, 2021

By Immigration Group

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that there are a few remaining visas available for H-2B returning workers, regardless of their country of origin. While it received enough petitions for the 16,000 visas initially made available, the remaining 6,000, reserved for workers from the Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras), were not all used. As USCIS did not receive enough petitions to reach the 6,000 visas allocated for workers from Northern Triangle countries by the July 8 deadline, the remaining visas are now available to eligible H-2B returning workers, regardless of their country of origin.

Please contact the Fredrikson & Byron H-2B team for details on eligibility and filing requirements. Additional information regarding the temporary final rule may also be found at the Temporary Increase in H-2B Nonimmigrant Visas for FY 2021 page.