DHS and DOL Temporary Rule Authorizing 35,000 Additional H-2B Visas for Second Half of FY2022

DHS and DOL temporary rule authorizing the issuance of up to 35,000 additional H-2B visas during FY2022 for positions with start dates on or after 4/1/22 through 9/30/22. Of the 35,000 visas, 23,500 are reserved for returning workers regardless of country of nationality, and 11,500 are reserved for nationals of Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The rule also provides temporary portability flexibility by allowing H-2B workers who are already in the United States to begin work immediately after an H-2B petition is received by USCIS, and before it is approved. Comments will be accepted on the new Form ETA-9142B-CAA-6 associated with the rule through 7/18/22. (87 FR 30334, 5/18/22)

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

8 CFR Parts 214 and 274a

[CIS No. 2719–22]

RIN 1615–AC79

DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration 20 CFR Part 655

[DOL Docket No. ETA–2022–0004]

RIN 1205–AC10

Exercise of Time-Limited Authority To Increase the Numerical Limitation for Second Half of FY 2022 for the H–2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Program and Portability Flexibility for H–2B Workers Seeking To Change Employers

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Employment and Training Administration and Wage and Hour Division, U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

ACTION: Temporary rule.

DOL Clarifies Method of Contacting AFL-CIO

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Cite as AILA Doc. No. 22051610.

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