The Department of Homeland Security last week announced via Twitter that it has put on hold its March rule expanding access to H-2B visas.

DHS on March 5 announced it would make available 35,000 supplemental H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visas for the second half of fiscal year 2020.

On April 2, DHS tweeted “DHS’s rule on the H-2B cap is on hold pending review due to present economic circumstances. No additional H-2B visas will be released until further notice …. DHS is looking at additional measures to protect American workers now and when normal economic activity is able to resume in the future.”

The announcement followed the news that 6.6 million Americans had filed for unemployment insurance the week ended March 28, which followed 3.3 million initial filings the week prior.