Successful H-2B Visa Extension! We recently had an H-2B visa extension approved by U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for cooks at a restaurant with a start date of October 1, 2023 (first half of fiscal year 2024) and until June 30, 2024. In previous years the company has used the H-2B visa program to temporary employ foreign workers during its annual peak load.
To obtain an H-2B visa extension for cooks for October 1, 2023, the employing restaurant started the H-2B visa process 6 months in advance of the start date. The company first obtained a labor certification from DOL and afterwards, an H-2B extension approval from USCIS. To learn more about H-2B visa extension, visit Can H-2B visa be extended?.
For the H-2B visa extension, the employing U.S. company must follow strict rules and regulations at both DOL and USCIS, including obtaining a prevailing wage determination, demonstrating the temporary need for workers, conducting recruitment, and obtaining USCIS approval. Moreover, the US employer must also meet all the deadlines of the H-2B visa program. To learn more about the requirements, visit our H-2B visa requirements page.
In this H-2B extension case, DOL issued the prevailing wage determination within 1 month and the notice of acceptance from DOL was issued within 2 months. The I-129 H-2B extension was filed with premium processing and USCIS approved the case within 4 days without a Request for Further Evidence. The H-2B extension was approved for the entire period requested. The overall processing time for the H-2B Extension for start date of October 1, from the time the documents and applications were prepared for DOL and until it was successfully approved by USCIS was approximately 6 months.
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The H-2B visa program is complex and contains many intricacies and strict deadlines. If you are a US company interested in bringing foreign workers to temporary supplement your permanent staff, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your case.
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