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DHS/USCIS RIN: 1615-AC76 Publication ID: Spring 2023 
Title: Modernization and Reform of the H-2 Programs 

DHS plans to issue a notice of proposed rulemaking that will modernize and reform the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant worker programs. DHS will propose to incorporate policies that produce program efficiencies, address current aspects of the program that may unintentionally result in exploitation or other abuse of persons seeking to come to this country as H-2A and H-2B workers, build upon existing protections against prohibited payments or other assessment of fees and/or salary deductions by H-2A and H-2B employers in connection with recruitment and/or employment, and otherwise add protections for workers. This rule would not revise the temporary labor certification process or the regulations contained in 20 CFR part 655 or 29 CFR part 501 and 503.

Agency: Department of Homeland Security(DHS)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 8 CFR 214    8 CFR 274a     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: 8 U.S.C. 1103(a)(3)    8 U.S.C. 1001(a)(15)(H)(ii)(a) and (b)    8 U.S.C. 1184(a), (c) and (g)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Charles Nimick
Chief, Business and Foreign Workers Division, Office of Policy and Strategy
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
5900 Capital Gateway Drive, Suite 4S190,
Camp Springs, MD 20588-0009
Phone:240 721-3000