The U.S. has significantly expanded access to H-2B visas, adding 64,716 slots to the usual 66,000, a move set to transform seasonal labor dynamics across industries like hospitality, landscaping, and more. This expansion aims to distribute visa access more evenly throughout the year, helping various industries secure the necessary workforce without the fierce competition that typically arises early in the year.

Strategic Visa Allocation and Industry Benefits

The strategic release of supplemental visas ensures industries that peak in early spring, such as landscaping, don’t consume the annual quota prematurely. This approach not only benefits these industries by allowing early planning but also ensures that sectors like hospitality and seafood processing, which peak later, have fair access to needed labor.

For FY 2024, an additional 5,000 visas are specifically reserved for late-season filings under the “FY24 Second Half Returning Worker Allocation #2.” This subset is available for use from May 15, 2024, to September 30, 2024, with employers able to submit their I-129 forms starting April 22, 2024 with approved temporary labor certification. This late-season allocation helps industries requiring labor towards the end of the year plan effectively without the rush tied to early-year visa shortages.

Employers should consider adapting to these changes by understanding the nuances of the H-2B program and optimizing their strategies to make the most of these allocations. Contact the Bernard Firm for personalized strategies to navigate this complex landscape effectively, ensuring compliance and securing the necessary workforce to thrive.


The additional allocation of H-2B visas represents a thoughtful approach to managing the demand across various U.S. industries, promoting a more balanced distribution of resources. Employers poised to benefit from this opportunity should seek expert guidance to navigate the complexities of the H-2B program and align their strategies with their specific operational needs. This proactive engagement is crucial for leveraging the expanded visa program to meet industry demands effectively.