U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that portability will continue for petitions received by USCIS through January 24, 2023, for H-2B workers already in the United States. 

On May 18, 2022, the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor published a joint temporary final rule to increase the numerical limits during the second half of FY 2022 for H-2B nonimmigrant visas and continue to provide portability flexibility for H-2B workers already in the United States. The rule allows an H-2B worker who is already in the U.S. to begin work immediately with a new employer after an H-2B petition (supported by a valid temporary labor certification is received by USCIS and before it is approved.

A temporary final rule published in January currently provides portability.

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