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H2B Cap for the Second Half of the Fiscal Year to Reach Soon

January 5, 2009


On January 5, 2009, 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 January 5, 2009, 36,319 H-2B visa petitions have been counted towards the 33,000 cap for the second half of FY 2009. Out of the total 36,319 H-2B visa petitions, 20,687 beneficiaries have been approved while 15,632 are pending.


  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 20,687 15,632 50,000 36,319 2 January 2009
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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