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USCIS Updated H-2B Cap Count for Both First Half and Second Half of the Fiscal Year 2010

March 17, 2010


USCIS has updated the count of H-2B visa petitions, received and counted towards the fiscal year 2010.


As of March 5, 2010 USCIS has received approximately 41,762 petitions and out of these USCIS has approved 40,508 H-2B petitions towards the first half of the fiscal year. For the second half of the fiscal year 2010, USCIS has received 17,083 H-2B petitions out of which USCIS has approved 13,900 H-2B petitions and 3, 183 are still pending.


Cap Type Cap Amount Beneficiaries
Target 1
Total Date of
Last Count
H-2B 1st Half 33,000 40,508 1,254 47,000 41,762 3/5/10
H-2B 2nd Half 33,000 2 13,900 3,183 47,000 17,083 3/5/10


1 Refers to the estimated numbers of beneficiary applications needed to reach a    cap, with an allowance for withdrawals, denials and revocations.
2 A shortfall in the 1st half would be made up in the 2nd half.


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