Yesterday, we posted about the current suspension of the H-2B temporary, unskilled worker program. After we posted, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will resume adjudications of H-2B petitions, but will continue to suspend premium processing on H-2B petitions until further notice. DHS will resume adjudicating H-2B petitions based on temporary labor certifications already issued by the Department of Labor.
On March 16, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) filed an unopposed motion to stay the March 4 order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida in Perez v. Perez until April 15. That order vacated DOL’s H-2B regulations on the grounds that DOL had no authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act to issue the regulations. The district court’s decision on the DOL motion will determine whether the DOL can resume issuing prevailing wage determinations and processing temporary labor certification applications under the H-2B program.