H2B Visa

H2B Visa

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While the H2A visa is for foreign workers in the Agriculture industry, the H2B visa on the other hand, is a temporary work visa for foreign workers who have a job offer for seasonal, non-agricultural work in the U.S. 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.


H2B Visa Entitlements

Holders of the H2B visa have permission by the US government to live and work in the US temporarily. The H2B visa is usually granted for a one (1) year after which it expires. However an extension could be sought. 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 entitle to study in the United States but are not entitled to undertake any employment without obtaining an appropriate work visa.


H2B Visa Requirements

In order to qualify for the H2B Visa category, the applicant must be a citizen of one of the following countries:

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