H-2B application filing window opens on July 3, 2020

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that the filing window to submit H-2B Application for Temporary Employment Certification (Form ETA-9142B) requesting work start dates of October 1, 2020, or later, will open on July 3, 2020, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Such applications will be denied if they are filed before July 3, 2020, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time. OFLC will randomly order for processing applications filed during the initial three calendar days (July 3-5, 2020) will be selected using the randomization procedures.

H-2B visa category is for workers performing temporary non-agricultural service or labor.   The employer petitioning for H-1B status for a foreign worker must establish that the need for the employee will end in the near, definable, future.  The request for labor must be a one-time occurrence, a seasonal need, a peak load need, or an intermittent need. For more information about H-2B status, click here.

Please note that this articles does not constitute a legal advice.  We showed only a procedural step and deadline of the H-2B process.  If you would like to discuss if you may qualify for H-2B status, call our experienced H-2B visa attorney at 480-425-2009 or contact an experienced H-2B attorney via our website to schedule a consultation. We look forward to discussing how we can help you obtain your H-2B visa.


Presidential Proclamation Suspending Entry of Certain Non-Immigrants

On June 22, 2020, President Trump signed a proclamation suspending and limiting the U.S. entry of foreign nationals on H-1B, H-2B, J (as intern, trainee, teacher, camp counselor, au pair, or summer work travel program) and L visas and any individuals accompanying or following to join them.

The proclamation applies to those who are outside the U.S. on June 24, 2020 and do not have such non-immigrant visa or official travel document that is valid on that day.

The suspension and limitation on entry does not apply to lawful permanent residents, spouses and children of the U.S. citizens, essential workers, individuals whose entry would be in the national interest.

The proclamation shall expire on December 31, 2020, and may be continued.

Please note that this article does not constitute a legal advice.  We simplified the law in order to outline the Proclamation.  If you would like to discuss how does this Proclamation affect you, call our experienced Immigration Attorney at 480-425-2009 or contact an experienced Immigration Attorney via our website to schedule a consultation. We look forward to talking with you and helping you analyze the effect of the Proclamation and your alternatives.