Everything You Need to Know about Seasonal H2B Work Visa

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Are you considering to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis? H2B work visa is a type of non-immigrant visa that allows person to work on a temporary seasonal basis in the non-agricultural area. What kind of services are in this category? Non agricultural services or labor on a seasonal, peak load, one-time or intermittent basis.

Steps to take in order to get you H2B work visa

1) U.S. employer should apply for a temporary labor certificate that can be obtained from Department of Labor (DOL) and must indicate that there are not sufficient U.S. workers capable of performing the temporary seasonal work duties. Note that your employment must not affect the working conditions and wages of similarly employed U.S workers. A certification is issued to the employer, not to the worker.

2) Because there is a limit on the total number of H2B visas to be issued during a fiscal year be careful not to miss your deadline. Currently, the H2B Cap allows issuance of 66,000 work visas per fiscal year. Among these visas 33,000 visas are allocated for the first half of the fiscal year (October 1 – March 31). The rest of the visas (33.000) are allocated for the 2nd half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30). If you are extending your H2B work visa status in the United States, you are not counted toward the cap.

3) After your employer receives the certificate, he will sent the entire application (including I-129 form) to the USCIS for approval.

4) In case you are outside the United States, you will need to make an appointment with the U.S. Consulate. Additional documents including (DS 160 form, Passport, Photo, evidence showing ties to your home country) must be submitted before your interview.

5) Maximum period of stay on H2B work visa is 3 years.

List of countries that can participate in this program

Argentina Estonia Kiribati Peru Tonga
Australia  Ethiopia Latvia Philippines Turkey
Barbados Fiji Lithuania Poland Tuvalu
Belize Grenada Macedonia Romania  Ukraine
Brazil Guatemala Mexico Samoa United Kingdom
Bulgaria Haiti Moldova  Serbia Uruguay
Canada Honduras Montenegro  Slovakia Vanuatu
Chile Hungary Nauru  Slovenia 0
Costa Rica Iceland  The Netherlands Solomon Islands 0
Croatia Ireland Nicaragua South Africa 0
 Dominican Republic Israel New Zealand South Korea 0
Ecuador Jamaica Norway Spain 0
El Salvador Japan Papua New Guinea Switzerland 0

Cost of H2B work visa

  • $2,000.00 attorney’s fees for the principal beneficiary petition
  • $500.00 attorney’s fees for each additional worker (if more than one worker)
  • Cost of advertising the position (varies)
  • $325.00 US CIS filing fee for the main petition
  • $290.00 US CIS filing fee for the family’s application (if family is accompanying and is in US)
  • $150.00 US CIS Fraud Prevention and Detection Fee (for initial petition)
  • $1,225.00 US CIS filing fee for premium processing (optional)
  • Consular Office Fees (varies)

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