The H-2B visa program is an attractive option for U.S. companies seeking to hire workers to fill nonagricultural positions on a temporary basis. The program is frequently used by businesses in seasonal industries (e.g., landscaping, roofing, skiing and concrete work). There is an annual H-2B visa cap of 66,000 visas per year. The 66,000 visas are split into the first and second half of the fiscal year. Twice a year, the government conducts a lottery for H-2B visas.
The annual demand for visas far exceeds the annual allotment of H-2B visas. The visa lottery selection is random; it is not based on the strength of the company’s need, the size of the company or any other factors. The process for requesting H-2B visas is highly procedural with several time-sensitive deadlines. It involves working with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the U.S. Department of State. Employers should begin planning for the H-2B application process approximately one year before their date of need. Just one mistake or unnecessary delay in the H-2B application process can impact whether the employer is selected in the lottery.
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Attorney Leigh Alpert has extensive experience representing H-2B employers. She understands how challenging it is for seasonal companies to fill temporary, nonagricultural positions and how valuable the H-2B program is in meeting labor shortages. She offers a hands-on, personal approach to her legal services. She will do everything she can to ensure that your paperwork is properly and timely submitted. Contact attorney Alpert at Battan Alpert LLP today by calling 303-444-8668 or through our online form to explore whether the H-2B program would be a good fit for your company.