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H-2B Visa

Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers

Switching Roofs

The H-2B program allows U.S. employers who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs.

To qualify for H-2B nonimmigrant classification, the petitioner must establish that:

There are not enough U.S. workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.

Employing H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

Its need for the prospective worker’s services or labor is temporary, regardless of whether the underlying job can be described as temporary.  


The employer’s need is considered temporary if it is one of the following: an one-time occurrence; seasonal need, or peakload need; or Intermittent need.  

This visa is mostly used in, but not limited to, landscaping, grounds maintenance, construction (including: painting/roofing/framing/drywall), restaurant/hospitality, maintenance, golf, manufacturing, processing, and other specialty services businesses.