On March 17, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services announced it will resume H-2B processing, but will continue to suspend premium (expedited) processing until further notice.

The day before, on March 16, 2015, the Department of Labor filed an unopposed motion with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida to stay that court’s March 4, 2015, order in Pérez v. Pérez until April 15.   See our blog entry of March 9, 2015, for information on the court’s vacatur of DOL’s H-2B regulations.

On March 13, 2015, DOL and DHS jointly announced they will issue a joint interim final rule by April 30, 2015, addressing the court’s concerns.  See our blog entry of March 16, 2015, for details on the joint rule.