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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2022

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has received enough petitions to reach the congressionally mandated cap on H-2B visas for temporary nonagricultural workers for the first half of fiscal year 2022. Sept. 30 was the final receipt date for new cap-subject H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2022. USCIS will reject new cap-subject H-2B petitions received after Sept. 30 that request an employment start date before April 1, 2022.USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions that are exempt from the congressionally mandated cap. This includes petitions for: Current H-2B workers in the United States who extend their stay, change employers, or change the terms and conditions of their employment; Fish roe processors, fish roe technicians, and/or supervisors of fish roe processing; and Workers performing labor or services in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands and/or Guam from Nov. 28, 2009, until Dec. 31, 2029.U.S. businesses use the H-2B program to employ foreign workers for temporary nonagricultural jobs. Currently, Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, with 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the first half of the fiscal year (Oct. 1 – March 31) and 33,000 (plus any unused numbers from the first half of the fiscal year) for workers who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 – Sept. 30).For more information, visit the Cap Count for H-2B Nonimmigrants page.
Lockbox Filing Location Updates
We sometimes need to change or adjust filing locations among our lockbox facilities to balance our incoming workload for timely processing. We may also refine addresses to improve internal processes at our lockbox facilities. This page provides an up-to-date summary of changes we make to any lockbox filing location. For the most current information on where to file, please see the “Where to File” section on the webpage for your form. You may also visit our USCIS Contact Center page for help from a USCIS representative. The USCIS Contact Center provides information in English and Spanish. For TTY (for the deaf, hard of hearing, or those having a speech disability), call 800-767-1833.Applications and petitions that are not mailed to the appropriate filing location may experience processing delays. Filing Location Updates in 2021On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain petitioners filing a family-based Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative. On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain applicants filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document.On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain petitioners filing an employment-based Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant.On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain applicants filing Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain applicants filing Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain applicants filing an employment-based Form I-601, Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility.On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain applicants filing an employment-based Form I-824, Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition.On Oct. 15, we adjusted the filing location for certain applicants filing a family-based Form I-864, Affidavit of Support Under Section 213A of the INA.

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