Update on Suspension of Adjudication of Most H-2B Petitions Following Court Order
As announced by USCIS on April 2, 2013, USCIS has temporarily suspended adjudication of certain Form I-129 H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers appropriate action in response to the Court order entered March 21, 2013 in Comite de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas et al v. Solis, 2:09-cv-00240-LDD (E.D. Pa).
What This Means for H-2B Employers
The Court’s order granted a permanent injunction against the operation of the portion of the 2008 wage rule related to certain prevailing wage determinations and gave the Department of Labor (DOL) 30 days to come into compliance with the Court order. Following the Court’s order, DOL announced that it can no longer make prevailing wage determinations based on the Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) survey four-tier wage system. DOL will, however, continue to process prevailing wage requests not subject to the court order, including prevailing wage determinations using applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, acceptable private wage surveys, or Service Contract Act or Davis Bacon Act wages. DOL intends to comply with the Court order within 30 days by promulgating a revised wage rule.
Once a revised prevailing wage rule is promulgated, USCIS will resume adjudication of all H-2B petitions.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 04/03/2013