USCIS Releases Form I-9 Guidance for H-2B Workers Seeking to Change Employers

February 10, 2022

By Immigration Group

This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

On February 4, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released guidance on Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, for H-2B workers seeking to change employers.

The guidance is related to a joint temporary final rule issued January 28, 2022, by the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to increase the numerical limits on fiscal year 2022 H-2B nonimmigrant visas and temporarily provide portability flexibility for H-2B workers already in the U.S. to begin work immediately with a new employer after an H-2B petition (supported by a valid temporary labor certification) is received by USCIS and before it is approved.