Sometimes, U.S. employers have a need for employees that cannot be filled domestically. Among those who typically enter the country to work with H-2B visas are landscapers, construction workers, processing workers, poultry cutters and restaurant/resort workers.
Fortunately, the H-2B visa program allows U.S. employers who meet the program’s regulatory requirements to fill temporary, non-agricultural jobs with foreign nationals.
What is an H-2B visa?
The H-2B visa program allows non-agricultural workers from certain countries the ability to come to the U.S. to work. The H-2B is a non-immigrant visa, meaning that there is a limit on how long a visa holder may stay in the United States. The length of time an employer can have a worker in the U.S. in any particular year varies based on the justification for the need of that worker. For example, in the event of a one-time occurence justification, the employer can have H-2B workers for up to three years. The visa program establishes a three-year limit, though H-2B visas can be extended by increments of one year up to three years.
These workers may have their spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 join them in the U.S. by applying for H-4 visa status.
However, neither the H-2B visa holder nor their family members traveling to the United States with them may apply for permanent residency because the H-2B visa is a non-immigrant visa. Every three years, non-immigrants must be outside the U.S. for at least 90 consecutive days.
While the foreign nationals get the benefit of being able to come into the country to earn money, it’s the prospective employer who must apply for the visa on their prospective workers’ behalf. To qualify to apply for worker visas through the H-2B visa program, an employer must establish that
- It could not find enough qualified and available U.S. workers.
- Employing the foreign nationals will not adversely impact the wages or working conditions of similarly situated U.S. workers.
- Its need for the prospective workers is a temporary, one-time occurrence; is required due to seasonal fluctuations in workload; is a supplement to its existing workforce during peak business times; or meets an intermittent, short-lived need.
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- Prevailing Wage Determination. Employers must submit a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) to the U.S. Department of Labor prior to filing a job order with the State Workforce Agency (SWA) or an ETA 9142B with the Department of Labor (DOL).
- Labor certification. Employers must submit a temporary labor certification, Form ETA-9142B, to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and a job order to the State Workforce Agency (SWA) before even beginning the application process with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). That certification must state that the employer is in compliance with the qualifying rules outlined above.
- Form I-129. Once an employer has been certified by the DOL, it can then submit a completed Form I-129 to the USCIS. It must also submit the original temporary certification with this form. If, however, the certification was processed in the DOL’s FLAG system, a printed copy of the final determination page should be submitted with the Form I-129 instead.
- Entry application. Once the USCIS has approved H-2B visas, employers must then have foreign nationals whom they intend to employ to apply for admission into the country. They must submit an application form, called a DS-160, with the U.S. Department of State at an embassy or consulate in their home country, as well as seek admission at a port of entry.
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