First half of 2022 H-2B Cap Met
Today, the Seasonal Employment Alliance relased the following update regarding the first half of the Fiscal Year 2022 H-2B visa cap.
USCIS has finally announced that the FY22 first half cap is met. The latest dates of need to get through were early December, a full month earlier than last year. This includes over half the Alaska seafood petitions.
A few notes:
- If visas are released, a portion of the release will include an allocation for the Northern Triangle countries.
- The Seasonal Employment Alliance (SEA) has been working with the administration since late July on a potential First Half/Continuing Resolution (CR) visa release. The administration was likely responsible for inserting the language in the CR that makes clear their authority to release additional visas extends in the CR.
- The SEA is working with it's Alaska seafood colleagues on our grassroots outreach campaign. They have committed to requesting a portion of the 3,500 workers they need from the Northern Triangle countries. This should be helpful in our effort to secure a first half visa release.