The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) has completed the process to randomly assign all H-2B applications submitted during the initial three-day filing window, January 1-3, 2023, requesting an April 1, 2023, work start date for the second half of the fiscal year 2023 H-2B statutory visa cap.

OFLC received a total of 8,693 H-2B applications requesting 142,796 worker positions during this filing period (between January 1-3, 2023). This was an increase from 2022, when it received a total of 7,875 H-2B applications covering 136,555 worker positions. The agency said it will provide written notification to employers (and the employer’s authorized attorney or agent) with their H-2B Assignment Group. On January 9, 2023, OFLC will also publish on its website the list of the H-2B applications assigned to each Assignment Group.

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