35,000 H-2B Visas To Be Issued, According To New Rule
In this blog, we will be discussing a new announcement made by US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The H-2B nonimmigrant program allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ nonimmigrants to perform non-agricultural labor or services in the United States. To be eligible, employment should be of a temporary nature for a specific period of time such as a seasonal need, a one-time occurrence, a peak load need, or an intermittent need. For the H-2B program, the employer has to complete wage confirmation requirements with the Department of Labor and verify that there is a lack of able, willing, qualified, and able U.S. workers to perform the temporary work and that employment will not have a negative impact on the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
This is great news, particularly for U.S. employers who are looking to hire non-agricultural workers on a temporary basis from the time period 1 April 2022, through 30 September 2022. Applications for the H-2B visas can be made by employers starting from 18 May 2022.
Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Homeland Security published these visa numbers to help U.S. employers cover labor shortages for seasonal workers.
The added numbers will allow for 23,500 visas to be provided to returning workers who received an H-2B visa or were otherwise granted H-2B status during one of the last three financial years. The remaining 11,500 visas will be kept for citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Haiti, whether they are returning workers or not.
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