Employers and U.S. agents may bring foreign nationals to the United States to do temporary work in nonagricultural jobs. Individuals who come to the United States to perform this temporary work will participate in the H-2B program and receive H-2B nonimmigrant classification.
Both individuals and businesses must understand the ins-and-outs of immigration laws related to H-2B programs. Miranda & Weisman is here to help. Our experienced Baltimore immigration law firm represents both employees and companies interested in expanding economic opportunities through the employment of temporary workers. Call today to learn more about how we can help, 410-321-4994.
Certain criteria must be met in order to qualify for H-2B nonimmigrant classification. For example, in order for a company to be eligible for participation on the H-2B program and bring in foreign workers the following requirements must be met:
Petitioner companies must not only meet these criteria but also must take multiple steps in order to participate in the H-2B program. For example, a company must submit a temporary labor certification application to the Department of Labor, and must submit Form I-129 to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Prospective workers outside of the United States then must apply for a H-2B visa and/or for admission to the United States. Workers must apply at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate in their own country and must directly seek admission to the United States with Customs and Border Patrol at a point of entry into the United States.
Whether you are a worker who wants to take advantage of the right to live and work in the U.S. or an employer who wants to maximize human resources potential and bring in workers with unique talents and perspectives, the H-2B visa may be perfect for you. However, the process of petitioning for and obtaining a visa can be confusing and you need to ensure that you do everything required so that it is possible for a worker to come to the U.S. and fulfill an important need in the workforce.
Miranda & Weisman is here to help and we can assist with every step of the process of participating in an H-2B program for both employers and workers. Call or contact us online to speak with a Maryland immigration lawyer to get started, 410-321-4994.