The H-2B visa category allows U.S. employers in industries with peak load, seasonal or intermittent needs to augment their existing labor force with temporary workers. The H-2B visa category also allows U.S. employers to augment their existing labor force when necessary due to a one-time occurrence which necessitates a temporary increase in workers. Typically, H-2B workers fill labor needs in occupational areas such as construction, health care, landscaping, lumber, manufacturing, food service/processing, and resort/hospitality services.
The cap for H-2Bs for the second half of the fiscal year (and thus for the year) has been reached. The chart that appears on the USCIS website lists the "Date of Last Count" as 3/16/07. USCIS believes that 3/16 is indeed the cut-off date, though it is not clear whether all or only some filings received that day will be accepted. USCIS is in the process of preparing an announcement.
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