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An H2B visa is a temporary work visa for foreign workers with a job offer for seasonal, non-agricultural work in the US. The H2B visa program is open to nationals of countries designated by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security and is capped at 66, 000 visas per year (from October 1 - September 30).
Those with a temporary job offer in an agricultural industry may be eligible for an H2A visa which is exempt from this cap.
To qualify for an H2B visa, the applicant must hold a passport from one of the following eligible countries:
|H2B Visa Countries:|
Papua New Guinea
In addition, the applicant must have a temporary or seasonal offer of employment that can be classified as a one-time occurrence, peak load, intermittent or seasonal need. Furthermore, the prospective employer must demonstrate that the position cannot be filled by a US worker.
H2B visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.
An H2B visa entitles the holder to live and work in the US temporarily. An H2B visa is usually granted for an initial period of 1 year and extensions may be granted.
Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age may apply for the applicable derivative visa (H4 visa) to join their spouse or parent in the US. Accompanying spouses and children are entitled to study in the United States but are not entitled to undertake any employment without obtaining an appropriate work visa.
To see a full listing of our fees and services,Seasonal Non-agricultural Worker Visa (H-2B) processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.