On May 20, 2016, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced it had reached its Fiscal Year 2016 limit for issuing new H-2B visas. The cap of 66,000 visas was reached on May 12, 2016. Half the annual allotment of new H-2B visas are issued for jobs starting in the first half of the fiscal year and the remainder are issued for jobs starting in the second half of the fiscal year. The first half year cap was reached in March, 2016.
A Louisiana-based realty company has agreed to a three year ban on seeking non-immigrant visa workers as a condition for settling allegations that it discriminated against U.S. citizens by giving preference to those in the country on temporary work visas for sheet metal roofing and laborer jobs. The "debarment" of Barrios Street Realty LLC and its agent, Jorge Arturo Guerrero Rodriguez, is the first time the U.S.
USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan, and Timor-Leste to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H2A and H2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the eligible countries published on Nov. 18, 2015 in the Federal Register.