The Department of Homeland Security, through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Department of Labor (DOL) report that there will be 64,716 additional H-2B visas for temporary non-agricultural workers by 2024 .
According to US authorities, The number nearly doubles, when added, the maximum regulatory amount established by Congress of 66,000 eligible for the fiscal year.and which allows American employers to bring foreigners to the US to temporarily fill non-agricultural jobs, as long as they meet certain requirements.
On the website of USCIS It is established that, in each financial year, 33,000 of the visas are for workers who started work in the first half of the fiscal yearl (October 1 to March 31) and 33,000 for workers who started work in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 to September 30).
Any unused amount of visas from the first half of the year can be used by holders during the second half, but the portion of H-2B visas that are not used in a fiscal year cannot be transferred to next year.
Which countries are available?
As specified on the USCIS website, H-2B petitions can only be approved for citizens of countries designated by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in conjunction with the Office of the Secretary of State to determine their eligibility to participate in the program.
With a cut-off date of November 9, 2023, Nationals of 88 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2 program B, including Latin American countries such as Colombia, Chile, Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua.
Regarding periods of stay, the US Government has indicated that USCIS can grant H-2B classifications for the period allowed by the Temporary Employment Certification.
However, It can be extended for qualifying jobs for terms of up to one year each, and each request for a term extension must be accompanied by a valid and new Temporary Employment Certification. The maximum period of stay is 3 years.