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Employers’ 7 Common H-2B Visa Questions

Each year in the United States, demand for some types of labor far exceeds the number of available U.S. workers. This means there are opportunities available for workers from other countries to come to the U.S. and earn a living. In some cases, they may even bring their families with them. 

1. What is the H-2B visa category?

In order to have their petition to bring workers to the U.S. under an H-2B visa approved, employers must go through an application process. During this process, they have to prove that the job they are hiring for is one of the following.

2. What industries use H-2B workers?

3. What countries are eligible for the H-2B visa program?

4. What are the yearly limits on H-2B visas?

If not all 33,000 visas are used in the first half of the year, they may be available to additional workers in the second half of the year. However, Congress does not allow visas under the H-2B program to roll over into another year. This means that, even if only 50,000 visas were to be approved for workers in 2021, the 16,000 unused visas will not be available in 2022. 

5. How long can workers stay in the U.S. on an H-2B visa?

6. Are children of H-2B visa holders eligible for DACA?

7. What’s the workers’ process in obtaining their visas?

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