This week, a federal district court in Florida issued an order to allow the Department of Labor to again issue temporary labor certifications under the H-2B visa program, up to May 15, 2015. Because of this, the Department of Labor will continue to process temporary labor certification applications utilizing its regulations established in 2008 up to May 15.

On March 4, the federal district court ruled that the Department of Labor lacked the authority to issue regulations in the H-2B visa program. Both the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security are working on regulations to minimize future problems with the H-2B program.