H-2B Application Filing Timelines for 2022 Peak Filing Season

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) reminds employers and other interested stakeholders that the filing window to submit an H-2B Application for Temporary Employment Certification (Form ETA-9142B and appendices) requesting work start dates of April 1, 2022, or later, will open on January 1, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

Following OFLC’s standard operating procedures, H-2B applications requesting an April 1, 2022, work start date will be denied if they are filed before January 1, 2022, at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time.

OFLC will randomly order for processing all H-2B applications requesting a work start date of April 1, 2022, that are filed during the initial three calendar days (January 1-3, 2022) using the randomization procedures published in the Federal Register on March 4, 2019. Each day, from January 2, 2022 through January 4, 2022, OFLC will publish on the Foreign Labor Application Gateway System website the number of H-2B applications it has received to date and the total number of requested worker positions on those applications.

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