On May 21, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Labor (DOL) issued a joint interim rule that an additional 22,000 H2B temporary visitor visas for non-farm workers are available for fiscal 2021 [link]. A press release from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) [link] to the news clarifies that these additional H2B visas will only be available to “employers who could suffer irreparable harm without these additional workers.” In addition, 6,000 of the 22,000 additional H2B visas are reserved for beneficiaries who are citizens of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala.
On March 30, 2021, USCIS announced that enough electronic registrations had been received during the initial H1B registration period to reach the FY2022 H-1B limit for both regular H-1B petitions and large ones. petitions. USCIS has notified all relevant petitions that they will be able to submit limited H1B petitions on behalf of the named beneficiary of each petition.