Each year, many people from around the world look to work here in the United States. For many, their best option is to receive an H-2B temporary nonagricultural worker visa. Please continue reading and contact Lightman Law Firm to learn more about these visas, who may qualify for them, and how an employment immigration lawyer at our firm can help you through each phase of the process ahead.
Who Qualifies for an H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Visa?
This category is aimed at skilled and unskilled workers who are coming to the United States for a temporary position.
Some typical professions or jobs that meet the USCIS’s criteria of “temporary” are entertainers, athletes, camp counselors, craftspersons, and ski instructors. Like any other work-related visa, you must have the correct background and abilities for the job you have been offered. If you receive an H-2B visa, your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may also seek admission in H-4 nonimmigrant classification.
An important distinction of the H-2B is that there is a limitation of 66,000 H-2B visa petitions that may be approved during the government year, which ends on September 30.
The fiscal year is divided in two so that 33,000 are approved for the first half (first 6 months) of the year and the same amount for the second half of the year.
What is the H-2B Visa Process Like?
First, a petitioner will submit a temporary labor certification application to the United States Department of Labor. As long as the DOL approves, the petitioner will then submit Form I-129 to USCIS. If USCIS approves Form I-129, prospective nonimmigrant workers from outside of the United States may apply for a visa with the U.S. Department of State at a Consulate abroad or a U.S. Embassy and seek admission to the United States. Since there is a cap on how many visa petitions may be approved each year, it is best to act sooner, rather than later to get the ball rolling. Our firm is here to help you today. All you need to do is pick up the phone and give us a call.
Contact an H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Worker Visa Lawyer
If you’re looking to either work in the United States or hire prospective temporary nonimmigrant employees, you’ve come to the right place. Contact Lightman Law Firm today to learn more about H-2B visas in the United States and how our firm can assist you.