The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it has received a sufficient amount of petitions to reach the mandated 33,000 H-2B cap for the first half of the fiscal year. All petitions received on July 29 will be put into a computer-generated random selection process to select the number to meet the cap. USCIS will reject and return the fee for all petitions not randomly selected.
This means that landscapers who did not meet the first half cap will be unable to obtain workers for a start date ranging between October 1, 2008 and March 31, 2009.
The USCIS will continue to process petitions for current H-2B workers that fit into these categories:
· Extending the stay of a current H-2B worker in the United States
· Changing the terms of employment for current H-2B workers and extending their stay
· Allowing current H-2B workers to change or add employers and extend their stay
PLANET asks that landscapers continue to call their senators and Congress members, asking them to renew the H-2B returning worker exemption immediately. Ask for the staff person in charge of immigration issues and explain to them the impact not having H-2B workers in 2009 will have on your business. The congressional switchboard number is (202) 225-3121.