We previously reported on the temporary freeze on filing H2B visas. H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers are being adjudicated once again at the Vermont Service Center (VSC).
VSC anticipates completing pending petitions by early May, and have advised that no action is required by petitioners. The suspension of H-2B adjudications was imposed by USCIS on March 22, 2013, in response to a court order vacating part of the DOL’s 2008 wage methodology rule for certain H-2B prevailing wage determinations.
VSC management has confirmed that premium processing refunds for H-2B petitions filed in March have all been processed and the Debt Management Office is handling the review and issuance of the refunds. Some refunds have already been issued and petitioners should expect to see those in the coming weeks.
We will keep you posted for more updates.