On March 16, 2015, the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security jointly announced that they intend to release a joint Interim Final Rule by April 30, 2015, to resolve the agencies’ suspension of H-2B processing following a Florida federal court decision in Pérez v. Pérez. See our blog entry of March 9, 2015, for details on that decision. DOL also announced it will seek interim relief from the decision so that it may continue H-2B processing in the interval before the Interim Final Rule is promulgated.
In the joint statement, DOL and DHS acknowledged that “hardship” has resulted from the halt in H-2B processing and committed to “moving as quickly as possible” to issue new regulations that will be consistent with the decision in Pérez v. Pérez.