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Latest Update: H-2B Count for the Second Half of Fiscal Year 2009

December 15, 2008


On December 15, 2008 USCIS updated the count of H-2B petitions received and counted towards the H-2B cap for the second half of the Fiscal Year 2009. As of December 15, 2008, 18,367 petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009.


  Cap Beneficiaries Approved Beneficiaries Pending Beneficiaries Target1 Total Date of Last Count
H-2B 1st Half 33,000 ------ ------ ------ Cap Reached 29 July 2008
H-2B 2nd Half 33,0002 9,282 9,085 50,000 18,367 12 December 2008
H-2B Annual (FY 09) 66,0003 ------ ------ ------ ------ ------


1Refers to the estimated numbers of beneficiary applications needed to reach a cap, with an allowance for withdrawals, denials and revocations.

2A shortfall in the 1st half would be made up in the 2nd half.

3 Visas issued plus beneficiaries changing status already in the United States.




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