Jump to content
  • H-2B work visa program

       (0 reviews)


    The H-2B visa is a non-immigrant visa program that allows U.S. employers to temporarily hire foreign non-agricultural workers to fill temporary jobs.

    USA 3D Flag

    The H-2B visa is a temporary work visa that allows foreign nationals to work in the United States for non-agricultural jobs. The employment must be temporary, such as a one-time occurrence, seasonal need, peak-load need, or intermittent need. Hotels, restaurants, cleaning, construction and many more.


    Some benefits of the H-2B visa include:

    • Working in the US temporarily
    • Bringing dependent spouse and children to the US
    • Traveling outside the US
    • Changing jobs or transferring to a new employer with a new job offer and a new petition approved

    To obtain an H-2B visa, a U.S. employer or agent must file Form I-129 on the applicant's behalf. The H-2B Certification can be filed no earlier than 120 days before the expected start date of the employment. The employer must also provide public notice regarding the job opening to potential U.S. employees.

    Due to the limited number of H-2B visas compared to the demand, USCIS allocates visas based on a randomly generated lottery system.

    Here are some key details about the H-2B visa:

    Qualifications and Eligibility

    Temporary Need

    Employers must demonstrate a temporary need for the services or labor the H-2B workers will provide.

    Non-Agricultural Work

    The jobs must be non-agricultural in nature, such as landscaping, hospitality, construction, or other seasonal industries.

    No U.S. Workers Available

    Employers must prove that there are no U.S. workers available to fill the positions and that the employment of foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

    Application Process

    Labor Certification

    Employers must obtain a temporary labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) by demonstrating the need for foreign workers.

    Petition Filing

    Once the labor certification is approved, the employer files Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

    USCIS Approval

    Upon approval, the employer receives a Notice of Approval (Form I-797).

    Consular Processing

    Workers must apply for an H-2B visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country.

    The 3 4 Rule

    All H-2B employers must fulfill a three-quarters guarantee. The employer must guarantee to offer the worker employment for a total number of work hours equal to at least three-fourths of the workdays in each 12-week period (or 6-week period for job orders lasting less than 120 days).


    Filing Fees

    Employers are responsible for filing fees associated with Form I-129.

    Visa Fees

    Workers may be required to pay visa application fees.


    Employer Sponsorship

    An eligible U.S. employer must sponsor the H-2B visa for foreign workers.

    Education Requirements

    No Formal Education Requirement

    There are no specific educational requirements, but workers must possess the skills and experience necessary for the job.


    Derivative Visas

    Spouses and unmarried children under 21 may accompany H-2B workers to the U.S. under H-4 visas.

    Green Card Application

    Non-Immigrant Status

    The H-2B visa is a temporary, non-immigrant visa, and it does not provide a direct path to a green card.

    Separate Green Card Process

    If H-2B workers wish to pursue permanent residency, they must do so through a separate employment-based green card process.

    H-2B Lottery

    Due to the limited number of H-2B visas compared to the demand, USCIS allocates visas based on a randomly generated lottery system.

    Duration of Stay

    Temporary Stay

    H-2B workers are allowed to stay in the U.S. for the period specified in the approved petition, usually up to one year, with the possibility of extension for up to one year at a time, for a maximum of three years. After this period, anyone wishing to continue working in the US on n H-2B visa will need to remain outside the US for at least three months before applying for readmission.

    Visa Transferability

    H-2B visa is not transferable from one employer to another. If the H-2B visa holder wants to work for new employer in similar position, the H-2B visa holder would need a new H-2B visa. The new employer must submit ETA Form 750 and begin a new H-2B visa process.

    It's important to note that immigration policies can change, and it's advisable to consult the official USCIS website or seek legal advice for the most up-to-date information.

    User Feedback

    Recommended Comments

    • Administrators


    Check out the many videos posted in the article's Comments.

    All comments on the Article, please!


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Join the conversation

    You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
    Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

    Add a comment...

    ×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

      Only 75 emoji are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

    ×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Similar Content

  • Our picks

    • Some people may think buying on auctions is for old/used stuff.

      eBay has a ton of brand new/never used stuff listed and I always buy new.

      Verify seller reputation from buyer feedback comments and ratings.

      If you receive the product not as per the description, eBay will cover it and get you a refund on retuning the item as part of their Money Back Guarantee. For this, eBay holds funds from sellers for 3 weeks so seller can ship the item, buyer can receive it, use it and report any issues.


      Often times, just communicating with the seller by sending a message through Contact Seller link on the listing page prior to bidding and asking questions about the condition of the item is a good start. Shy away from sellers who do not communicate enough. You can even negotiate a lower price with the seller, ask him to amend the listing so you can bid on it quickly and win it. I won countless auctions this way as the first bidder before other bidders got to even bid on the item.


      Use AuctionSniper.com - they charge a nominal fee like pennies and I never lost an auction in over a decade. AuctionSniper gives each new user 3 free snipe credits. Each free snipe credit is good for one winning snipe. After these are used up, they charge a modest fee of 1.75% of the final auction price, starting as low as 35¢ a snipe. You can also refer your friends and neighbors to sign up with them. Each sign-up will net you 3 free snipes and of course they get 3 free snipes for trying them too. Compared to how much you save in winning the items at the lowest prices, their fee is peanuts...
      • 2 replies
    • Article-vs-Blog: What are the differences? When to use which?

      While writing content, one might get confused whether to write it as an article or as a blog post. This article will discuss the subtle differences between these two types of content and help you decide which one to use in what context.


      Articles are more detailed involving research and studies, gathering facts. They are longer, formal, professional and more informative. Articles are often published in newspapers, magazines, journals, academic publications or online. They are written to provide detailed analysis, research, or news on a specific topic and are typically more objective and unbiased. They can be 5,000 words or more, and may include citations or quotes from sources.

      Articles exist in the global space and you are the author of the articles you write. Feel free to write Articles here in your area of expertise...

      Blogs Posts

      Blog posts tend to be shorter, informal, casual, and conversational. For instance, Twitter is a micro-blogging platform. Bog posts can be 3,000 words or more. They are usually published on websites or online platforms and businesses prefer them mostly. Blog posts are written from a personal perspective based on opinion. They can include facts or information, but they are based on experience and include more personality. Due to their short and conversational nature, blogs often get shared across social media and get discussed with questions and comments. For simpler and shorter content, just use our Blogs and Blog-Entries...

      A Blog is like a YouTube channel and Blog Entries (posts) within the blog are like the individual videos within the channel which means only you can author Blog Entries inside your Blogs while other users can only comment on your entries (similar to a channel, its videos and video comments). Blogs exist under YOU > Blogs > Blog Entries.
      • 0 replies
    • They did a lot of research and put in a ton of effort in producing these documentaries. Everyone should watch these!

      The Corporation | Full-Length Feature Film | Uprezed HD Version

      The New Corporation - Official Trailer

      The New Corporation (Full Documentary)
      • 1 reply
    • Having great communication skills, spoken or written, is one thing. Knowing which method or tool to use to communicate in which context is a whole different skill that needs to be mastered as well, which will complement your communication skills.

      Many experienced people, even at their workplaces, are unclear with which tool to use in what context and give the not-so-graceful or effective communication experience to other people involved. On an earlier project, I was asked to differentiate between various methods of communication and when to use which. So, which method is appropriate for which task? Here are the popular methods of communication and their contextual uses. If you stick to these guidelines, people will understand that you are smart and good at using the right communication tool in the right context:

      Face-to-face talk (swing by)

      Most distracting
      Inability to refocus back on the task mostly
      Obliged to answer immediately
      Get instant answers
      Answer even if in the middle of something
      Likely to derail mind from the current task ("OK, where was I...?")
      • 0 replies
    • In this day and age, it takes 30-40 hours to drive from Springfield, IL to Sutter's Fort, CA but back in 1846, it would take 4-6 months in a wagon train. In the 19th century, people traveling west in North America used a long line of wagons, cows and horses, known as a wagon train. Wagon trains were the only overland form of transportation into the western US until the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in 1869. Some reasons for traveling in a wagon train include:

      To get there safely
      To protect themselves from attacks by Native Americans 

      Covered wagons could travel 8 to 20 miles per day, depending on the weather, roadway conditions, and the health of the travelers. It could take up to six months or longer to reach their destination.
      • 0 replies
    • Apple Silicon Macs (including M1, M2, M3, etc.) no longer offer dual booting of other O/S's through Boot Camp. This is because the M-family chips have a different architecture than Intel chips. Apple supports Boot Camp only on Macs with an Intel processor.

      In any case, installing Windows using virtualization is better for most uses as we can use both operating systems simultaneously (Windows on macOS is just another "window" like an app - just swipe with 4 fingers to switch between O/S) while with Boot Camp, we were able to login to only one O/S at any time as it uses a separate partition on the hard-disk to install Windows "natively". Plus, if your Windows VM gets infested with viruses, malware, spyware, etc. over a period of time, just blow off the VM and reinstall a fresh copy of Windows and... smile! It is as simple as that with virtualization. And with HUGE amounts of memory available these days, we can even use virtualization to play Windows games on Macs. In the past, we needed to use Boot Camp that offered native environment with all the installed memory and raw power to play Windows games smoothly. Windows 11 Home edition supports up to 128 GB of RAM while Windows 11 Pro edition supports up to 2 TB of RAM!

      For developers, Mac offers the best of both worlds as we can install Windows on it while macOS itself is Unix behind the scenes with a beautiful UI in the frontend (and NO viruses) which works great if working on a Linux server environment. We can develop our apps on any operating system (macOS or Windows) and test our apps on both systems. We can also use apps specific to an operating system (on the same Mac machine).
        • Like
        • Best
      • 1 reply


Chatroom Rules

Be polite with others.

Respect is give-n-take and it doesn't cost anything!


  • Create New...