Estimated number of H-2A and H-2B workers employed in the United States, 2016
|Number of workers|
|H-2A visas issued by the Department of State, 2016||134,368|
|H-2B visas issued|
|All visas issued in 2016||84,637|
|50 percent of visas issued in 2015||34,842|
|25 percent of visas issued in 2014||17,026|
|Subtotal H-2A + H-2B||270,873|
|H-2A adjustment into LPR status via employment-based preference (2016)||-24|
|H-2B adjustment into LPR status via employment-based preference (2014-2016)||-307|
|Estimated deaths of H-2B workers (89.5 per 100,000)||-312|
Note: LPR refers to lawful permanent resident. DOL methodology to estimate the total population of H-2B workers was used to calculate H-2B subtotal. All references to a particular year should be understood to mean the U.S. government’s fiscal year (October 1–September 30). Adjustment of status for H-2A based on actual numbers for 2014 and and H-2B based on actual numbers for 2012-2014.
Source: U.S. Department of State, Nonimmigrant Visa Statistics website, http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/law-and-policy/statistics/non-immigrant-visas.html; methodology for number of H-2B workers based on U.S. Department of Labor's methodology, explained in “Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-Agricultural Employment H-2B Program; Final Rule” (20 CFR Part 655, RIN 1205–AB61). Federal Register vol. 76, no. 12 (January 19), 3469. Adjustment of status data acquired from USCIS through Freedom of Information Act request by Lazaro Zamora, Bipartisan Policy Center (unpublished). Mortality rate calculated from Centers for Disease Control data at http://wonder.cdc.gov.