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Department of Homeland Security Plans to Issue Additional 65,000 H-2B Visas in 2023

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Department of Homeland Security Plans to Issue Additional 65,000 H-2B Visas in 2023

The Department of Homeland Security will issue 65,000 additional H-2B visas for foreign workers who come temporarily to the United States to perform non-agricultural services or labor

October 14, 2022
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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced its plans to make available an additional 64,716 H-2B temporary non-agricultural worker visas for fiscal year 2023, which began on Oct. 1, NAHB reports. That additional share of H-2B visas will be allocated on top of the standard 66,000 H-2B visas available each fiscal year, which allow employers to hire international workers on a one-time, seasonal, peak-load, or intermittent basis.

Workers from Haiti and the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador will receive 20,000 visas, and the remaining 44,716 supplemental visas will be available to returning workers who received an H-2B visa during one of the last three fiscal years.

The regulation will allocate these remaining supplemental visas for returning workers between the first half and second half of the fiscal year to account for the need for additional seasonal workers over the course of the year, with a portion of the second half allocation reserved to meet the demand for workers during the peak summer season.

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