H2B Work Visa

Updated on November 28, 2018


Further down in this Hub, I bring up the Death of the H2b Work Visa. The government has been making it more and more difficult for legitimate employers to find capable workers abroad. These changes and the ever-increasing pressure upon US-based staffing and recruitment companies has cause me to close my agency. There are still many capable companies out there that can help. I no longer make direct recommendations or referrals unless I have dealt with the company in the past, or know the recruiter personally.

If you are looking for more help than what this Hub (and my others) provide, feel free to look at some of the Google ads placed all over this page. I have heard good things about many of the companies listed, and companies willing to pay the expenses for advertising on Google and HubPages are traditionally more likely to be reliable. Click on a few of the ads (or all of them), and go through choosing the companies and/or attorney that look solid. The ones to worry about are the companies with no website, a free email address, and no phone number. I'll be doing a post on this soon, so make sure to come back and read about how to pick a recruiter.

H-2B Work Visa Employer Summary

H2B Visa Details

The H2B work visa is a status that is designated for individuals who will be employed in nonagricultural positions which are seasonal, intermittent or that can be labelled a one time occurrence. Qualifying positions include those in the Hospitality, Restaurant, Tourism, Landscaping, Construction, and other unskilled worker categories.

Spouses and children of H2B work visa holders may enter and remain in the US in H4 status. H4 visa holders may attend school in the US but are not legally allowed to be employed.

For whom is a H2B Work Visa appropriate?

US. companies hiring foreign nationals to perform temporary work for which there are no US workers are available.

What are the requirements for obtaining an H2B Work Visa?

A worker that qualifies for the H-2B work visa program is a temporary/seasonal worker coming temporarily to the United States to perform temporary/seasonal services or labor. This worker must not displace U.S. workers capable of performing the job, and whose employment is not adversely affecting the wage and working conditions of U.S. workers.

In all cases, even though the H-2B work visa can be issued for up to one year, it is assumed that the temporary need has a "clear beginning and end" which will self-destruct in a year or less by a "prearranged date" when each non-immigrant worker must promptly return to a foreign shore. The temporary nature of needs lasting longer than 10 months are suspect and need to be "adequately justified." H-2B workers do not qualify for temporary work unless the underlying job itself is temporary.

Remaining in the U.S.A.

Many H-2B work visa employees, upon entering the country, are able to find employment throughout various employment seasons. For example, employers that typically need workers during the summer seasons do not have as many jobs open during winter months, and thus are not able to make full use of H-2B workers. These workers may then find another employer needing workers for winter and spring months, and continue their stay in the U.S. without being required to return to their home country. This cycle can continue for up to three years, after which the non-immigrant worker must pursue a different status or return to their home.

Employer Requirements

Homeland Security regulations require employers interested in utilizing the H-2B work visa program to first apply for a temporary labor certification from the Secretary of Labor advising the Department of Homeland USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services). This certification process inquires as to whether qualified U.S. workers are available and whether the alien’s employment will adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.

There is currently a 66,000 visa cap on the number of foreign nonimmigrant workers who may receive initial H-2B work visa status during each government fiscal year (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30). The Department of Labor continues to review and process all H-2B work visa applications on a first come-first served basis, whether or not the 66,000 worker cap has been met. The cap opens twice a year, during the months of October and April, with a 33,000 worker allowance during each opening of the cap.

Employers seeking to employ nonimmigrant temporary/seasonal H-2B workers must file 2 (two) originals of the Form ETA 750, Part A, with the State Workforce Agency serving the areas of intended employment. In addition to the ETA 750, there are additional forms of documentation that can be filed to aid in the process. There are a number of professional consulting firms specializing in helping employers with the certification process; each make their own recommendations and have their own methods for receiving certification. Employers interesting in consulting one of these firms can look further in this guide for links to some of the more prominent ones.

When filling out the application, it is not necessary for employers to name specific beneficiaries. Once approval is granted, they are able to include any applicable workers in the I-129 application for nonimmigrant workers. (H2B)

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Why Is it so Difficult?

Most employers that have attempted to make use of the H2b Guest Worker program have had unsatisfactory results. The filing process is unnecessarily difficult. To even get started with the program, each and every employer must jump through hurdles involving endless applications, paying for advertising (can run as high as $2,000-$3,000), and constant interrogations by bureaucrats.

The entire point of the program was to allow U.S. employers to fill gaps in their workforce. More often than not, employers simply end up wasting large amounts of time, effort, and hard-earned money.

Why is it so difficult? There are many within the political playing field that are against the program’s very existence. They argue that the program keeps jobs away from willing American workers. Others choose to say that the program adds to the growing epidemic of illegal and undocumented workers. Even though these theories are completely biased and unfair, they have still led to ever-increasing regulation of the Guest Worker H2B program.

Even following approval, many employers do not have the ability to recruit workers. Domestic corporations and businesses do not have the resources to maintain the recruitment network necessary to reach the workers they are looking for. They are often forced to resort to accepting applicants with little experience and no qualifications, resulting in more problems than they began with.

The Death of the H-2B Visa

Hello to all of our readers. Thanks for all of the comments, questions, and advice that we have gotten. Some of you may already know this, but on January 18, 2009, the U.S. Government posted brand new regulations regarding the H-2B Visa.

To try to prevent fraud, they have cut off many of the available methods honest H-2B employers used to hire international workers, and have made the process much more difficult for honest employers to hire workers without jumping through hoops to get them. The only employers that can still afford to use the H-2B visa are those that have enough money to hire full-time lawyers, and those that only do it to make money.

Regretfully, we have had to close the Staffing/Recruitment wing of our consulting service, because many of our previous employer clients can no longer afford to deal with the hassles involved with the H-2B process.

President Obama, prior to his election, made many references to the H2A and H2B visas, stating that "These jobs belong to Americans". Even though he was referring to the H-1B, this still shows you what the current political environment is like for international worker that are interested in employment. I sincerely hope that this will change, the U.S. economy cannot handle all of the employers that relied on these programs having to close their businesses. As we can plainly see, this has already affected the economy- every time there is stricter legislation passed on the topic of NonImmigrant work visas, the economy takes a dip and illegal immigration increases. Maybe one day someone in the upper channels of the government will figure this out.

If you have any more questions, feel free to email us. We don't always get a chance to answer comments on here, but answer any and all emails that come in. We may still know a couple of other companies that still provide support to those interested in NonImmigrant work visas, and will be happy to share their information. Other than that- we wish you the best!

Solutions for Employers

What options are available to employers?

International Recruitment Specialists are often able to help employers overcome many of the hurdles associating with applying for and recruiting H2B Guest Workers. Many of these companies have been working with the government organization that oversea the program for years. What better way to get something done than to turn to someone that has done it before?

Companies that specialize in NonImmigrant work visas have exhausted innumerable resources in establishing an exclusive network of recruiters, staffers, and immigration specialists. This network is put to use whenever a client notifies the company that they are looking to hire temporary or seasonal workers. Rather than having to resort to outdated information and companies making false promises, employers now have the opportunity to reach recruiters in countries throughout the world.

Many employers are overcome with apprehension and stress when using the Guest Worker program on their own. Most business owners, as a rule, do their best minimize their contact with government branches. Utilizing the services of an International Recruitment Specialist, however, will cause most (if not all) of the stress and apprehension to abate. Experienced firms will have already gone through most scenarios and situations related to the process. They will know the inns and outs, and can make recommendations that will further ease the process.


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      11 months ago

      The government is hurting US businesses especially small seasonal businesses that make most of their income from March - December. They are having to cut their businesses in half if not close the doors completely. Companies that count on the VISA workers, who want to come over, have taxes taken out of their checks and paid to the US Government and go home. On top of that they spend money while they are here. Doesn't make a bit of sense. I know if something doesn't happen fast a lot of Republicans I voted for will not be getting my vote. I also hear a lot of other Republicans feel the same way. Because this is hitting home personally for me, affecting my son, daughter in law and grand-children.

      They want to come over here legally and do the correct thing. Instead our government is making it to where they come over here illegally, don't pay taxes, bring their children, and the US tax paying citizens pay to educate their children and pay for medical benefits. Where is the logic.

      As of now I regret every day for voting Republican across the board. Governors, Senators, Congressmen better get this across to Trump or he will have a hard time getting reelected.

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      valery bupole 

      15 months ago

      hi sir what can I do to get an H-2B ,I'm in dubai

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      19 months ago

      Hi ,in 2000 i went to the usa got married in may got my ss# as i worked there ,in 2003 i had to move back to australia,but lost my mother my husband arrived in 2004 and lived here in australia for 13yrs he has now gone back to the usa in which he is working and living there,I am wanting to go back there next year 2018,i want to live and work there whilst i am there for the 2 years,what is needed for me to go back and start work??and what visa and i required to obtain...also my greenard ran out 3 yrs ago

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      2 years ago

      Hi sir how r u doing ?i am currently on J1 visa on hospitality field but how can I apply for H2b visa.Please Sir if would. Guide me .

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      3 years ago


      I am asking on behalf of my brothers we reside in morocco and i want to know if there is any company that recruit unskilled workers! the older is 36 years old and never worked in his life he's a shutting, the other is 27 years old he worked from when he was 12 in different kind of jobs(wood cutting, electricity, household electric fixing, mechanic, painting, in printing, barrista, waiter, taxi driver, ...) but going nowhere. Please help me in to find them jobs that will let them make something out of their life, I would like it if it is in some arab muslim country and thank u ramadan karim for everyone

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      4 years ago

      Could you help me How to Apply for the H2b Visa for Nigerian to USA my email is s_butland@yahoo.com

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      4 years ago


      We are Ukrainian labor agency. We have Skilled Workers, Workers H2B, H2A without qualification who want to get the job abroad. Do you have any prepositions for us?

      To consider any a proposition!

      Thank you for your consideration.

      Waiting for your requests at any time!

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      Best regards,



      Labor Agency

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      Freeman Ayala 

      4 years ago

      I'm in new york and I like to Apply to the H2B visa... how can I find an employer who is willing to give me the sponsorship?... if you know someone... please let me know...


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      5 years ago

      Very simply: if a worker already has an H-2b visa, even if I haven't gone thru the certification process, may I legally employ that person?


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      Anne-Marie Delage 

      5 years ago

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      Register Now!

      Email: hum_right@yahoo.com


      Anne-Marie Delage

      Conference secretary.

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      6 years ago

      I will like if u can help me to find a work in ur country has a house keeping or to take care of old person or to take care of children here is my address janelle_blake29032004@yahoo ok on thanks please help me

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      Riches Avevor 

      6 years ago

      please i want to work overseas.i want someone who can support me with visa and plan ticket and work permit to work overseas,so that i will back the money later.please when replying mention the site name.this is my email address avevorr@yahoo.com

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      7 years ago

      I'm from Bangladesh and hv

      16 yrs academic certificate

      .I'hv 05 yrs solid experience

      of fashion Merchandising job.How can I get a visa sponsor job in usa in related field?I like to find siutable employer who can sponor me.pls contact me dhalihassan@ymail.com

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      Farhan ali 

      7 years ago

      Sir i am form pakistan and want to go usa. If any person in usa sapansor me then can i get a h2b visa

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      saqlain rizvi 

      7 years ago

      dear sir/madam,

      how i can find an employer who give me the sponsorship if u know anyone plz tell me,

      contact me at my email add.(saqlain.rizvi@yahoo.com)


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      mosharef hossain 

      7 years ago

      dear sir,

      i m mosharef hossain from bangladesh,i would like to apply for the possition of waiter in the country of usa.how can i get usa waiter visa from bangladesh?pls tell me, my email mhrobel1986@gmail.com

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      7 years ago

      Hello! I'm from Kazakhstan. I'm looking for a job for h2b visa. Who can help me? I need an employer who can submit to petition. My email: marzhanismanova@mail.ru


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      7 years ago


      i am from india. is it possible for me to get h2-b visa of u.s. please tell me the procedure.how can i contact with company employer who sponsered me?



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      7 years ago

      Hello. My name is Andrés 24 years old - and I'm from Chile. I'm looking for any H2B job in US. Also I have my driver license.



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      maria uy oliveros 

      7 years ago from israel

      sir,would it be possible if you could inform me about any job in united states for h2b ? as im a caregiver here in israel but im from phillipines since my visa here is almost done and cant stay more than.im a caregiver of an elderly with a competent experience in any cases thank you sir and more power to you.god bless please reply me if its possible, an_oliveros@yahoo.com

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      7 years ago

      can i get h2b visa now n im from nepal

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      dipak adhikari 

      7 years ago

      i am in search of any recruitment centre or agency to make the process for working seasioanl temporary work at America through h2b visa, any one help me to make my desire to see America ,and seasioal work.

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      7 years ago

      I am looking for H-2A or H-2B job offer letter. Please if u know where and how to get just drop a line. I appreciate ur collaboration. Thanks


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      7 years ago

      another very interesting article..your presentation was very clear,straightforward,and honest.keep it up.

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      Jamaican H2B's  

      7 years ago

      I'm seeking a Hotel, Factory or any type of business to send H2B's to starting this season. We have 300+ recruits of Cooks, Housekeepers, drivers, food and beverage, Guests relation persons and a few Miscellaneous workers from Jamaica. I need somewhere to put them. I've already found someone to process documents, all i need now are Employers; whether from the US, Canada or England. If someone can give me a good link that would be helpful. Thanks. islandmiscellaneous@yahoo.com

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      7 years ago

      My name is Jakuaterua Kapuire and wish to enquiry about any work programs. I am an America however I live in Namibia. I have lived here most of my live because my parents and my entire family are Namibian. I was born in the US when Namibia was still fighting for its independence. I wish to return to my country of birth however like I said I do not have any relation in the US thus making it quite difficult to return. I wish to participate in any work program and use that a platform for me to come back to by country of birth.

      Can you please be of any assistance in this matter if you can’t can you be so kind as to help me find employment agencies that help Americans who are abroad.

      Thank you for your time

      May God bless you


      Mobile: 00 264 81 3148477


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      8 years ago

      Hello! I'm Aleksey from Ukraine and I'm looking for H-2B visa job. I'm searching for assistance in finding H-2B visa employer. Will be glad also for the information from people who already get H-2B job.

      Thanks in advance,


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      Dance C. 

      8 years ago

      Hi I need help with finding a H2B job I am from Macedonia

      Can someone address me where to look for a H2B job ?

      Thanks ...

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      Dr maxy owen 

      8 years ago

      Dear recruiters/workers,

      A food processing company in Halifax,canada,invites applications

      for the above position.

      Key requirements of the role:

      close co-ordination with customers,sales and production functions.

      Willingness to work in shifts.

      Mandatory requirements.

      Graduate with proficiency in ms office.knowledge of english is a must (reading

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      1) Drivers

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      5) Executive secretaries

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      Basic Salary is $3500-$4500.,free air ticket, annual vacation

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      transportation,free lunch food,free medical,safety insurance and free accomodation.

      Senior Secondary certificate Level with the knowledge of the following:


      2)Office boys


      Basic salary is $1200-$1700.,free air ticket, annual

      vacation with free air ticket one month salary leave allowance,production bonus,free

      transportation,free lunch food,free medical,safety insurance and free accommodation.

      Interested candidates meeting all the above criteria may send CV to .....

      contact @ 00233246167804 or email us overseasplacementconsultant@yahoo.com


      Dr Maxy Owen Ceo

      Fm consultant Ghana

      119b Accra new town Accra Ghana


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      8 years ago

      hello sir\ma how to get h2b visa drict company

      have you please mail govindaraj1981@gmail.com

      for driverjob

    • employeralliance profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Florida

      Maheshkumar -

      I do not issue offer letters and am not sure who you are. I've been out of this business for some time now, and would be very unhappy to learn that someone is using my name or the name of my company. What company were you working with? Are you in the USA or currently abroad?

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      Maheshkumar Patel 

      8 years ago

      Hi,As per your offer letter I was in the list of H2b VISA program participants dtd 17 July 2008.Thenafter I have been kept waiting by your one of the appointed agents.Please mail me reply at enarbhatt@gmail.com

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      8 years ago


      Can you help us to find an employer for 5 persons. We finished University this year. We would like to visit Usa by H2B visa. We can work like service personnel or anything you have.

      Thank you.

      Please e-mail me at lina_41@ukr.net

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      8 years ago

      Hi Sir!

      Can you help me to find an employer. Willing to be a caregiver to have a H2b visa. Im a nurse here in philippines and have my license in USA (NCLEX) Pls email me at peterpaulsoriano@yahoo.com lot of thanks!

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      9 years ago


      We are an Indian Company recruiting Indian workers abroad. Do you have any requirements under H2A, H2B for Indian workers. We have a large pool of workers including health care, engineering, construction, Agricultural workers and Hospitality staff. We are highly flexible and can work with you as per your terms.

      We will be glad to hear from you.

      Please visit our website at : www.millenniumtechnorbit.com

      Have a nice day

      Kind Regards







      INDIA - 400 014

      MOBILE NO : +91 98200 65553

      Email: synergies127@yahoo.co.uk / millsynergies1953@yahoo.com

    • employeralliance profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Florida

      Suraj- Nepal is no longer authorized to participate in the H2B program, unless the candidate applies fom within the United States, already holding a legal status. There are other programs that will allow you to visit/train in the United States.

      As far as finding employers, I know of a few that I can recommend, but there is no guarantee that they will be interested. Most employers find it easier to hire H2R (Returning H2b workers) and extending the status of people that already have the H2b status and are in the United States.

      If you have questions regarding coming to the US- take a look at the hub discussing Convention and Event Visas: https://hubpages.com/politics/Convention-Conferenc...

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      Suraj Lama 

      9 years ago

      Hi,It is really sad to know that Nepalese Job seekers (H-2B) have been exploited by the Agents. I would like to know if Nepalese has been disqualified to apply for H-2B Jobs in the U.S.. What about H-2A jobs? Are Nepalese allowed to apply in H-2A?I and couple of my friends are looking for H-2B/H-2A jobs in the U.S., we would like to know if you can help us find direct Employers instead of middle Agents who charge high amount/fee in upfront.Looking forward for your suggestions and support.3Regards,

      Suraj Lama


    • employeralliance profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for all of the questions and comments. If there's anything else we can help you with, let us know!

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      10 years ago

      Centre of International Programs (CIP) is a leading company in Ukraine providing temporary employment solutions to the US employers through the H2B Guest worker and the J-1 Summer work and Travel Programs. With our head office in Kiev and 4 offices (We do not operate through affiliates or agents) in major cities of Ukraine we provide excellent support to US employers and recruitment companies interested in recruiting Ukrainian workers. We successfully received approvals for over 300 H2B workers in the past and our transparent recruitment policy has give almost 80% visa approval rates. Please check our website www.cip.com.ua for more information. You can also contact us at Gautham@cip.com.ua

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      keshav prasad mainali 

      10 years ago

      could you brief me how to process H2B visa for neplees citizens

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      Mr Sharoj Kumar lama 

      10 years ago

      Could you help me How to Apply for the H2b Visa for neplese in USA.

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      KB Shrestha 

      10 years ago

      Could you please cooperate me how to process H2B Visa for nepalese citizens.

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      10 years ago

      appreciate if somebody could let me know how to process H2B visas for citizens of NEPAL

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      Anton Mulder 

      10 years ago

      I have a recruiting company in South Africa and currently recruiting South Africans to US. under the H2A and H2B visa. Can you please help me in getting more companies to recruit to in the US. All our applicants are fluent in English and very hard working! If you can help me in any way please email me at: platinumd3000@yahoo.com


      Anton Mulder

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      Shyam kumar pudasaini 

      10 years ago

      I want to get help to go to the u.s in h2b visa.I would like to get help from you.Is it possible?please tell me the proces.

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      10 years ago

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      I found good and valuable information in your blogs about H-2B Placement. I have been working for this placement and I would like to place some workers through your agency. Please, let us know if you have any positions.


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      10 years ago from Australia

      Thank you for the interesting review of the H2B for US immigration. I am always surprised by the complicated nature of US immigration. You have described in a way that seems honest and makes sense.

      I hate seeing "immigration agents" make big promises and guarantees that a work visas a cheap or simple to obtain just to get a client's money.

      Your info was clear and sincere, thanks!




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      10 years ago

      Does anyone know what actual requirements (medical, employmental, legal etc) are needed to gain entry into the US after receiving an emploment offer? Unlike other overseas countries that have on-line application forms that cleary state the limitations of a persons background, the US does not. I have worked and travelled in the UK and Europe with no issues, however the Canadian embassy had an issue for a drink driving (Silly I know) that occurred over 5 years ago. I registered just on the cut off point for entry. Does the U.S have the same laws???

      I would be grateful to anyone who could provide me with some information here.

    • employeralliance profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Florida

      I have not yet personal recruited any workers from Nigeria, but it would be worth a try. Send me an email, and I'll provide you with contact for a couple of companies that would be able to help!

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      10 years ago

      how could i help my brother obtain h 2b visa from nigeria

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      10 years ago

      appreciate if somebody could let me know how to process H2B visas for citizens of NEPAL


    • employeralliance profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for your comments. I am new to HubPages, but I believe I have plenty of useful information to share. I am here to help and to learn from you all!

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      11 years ago

      Go on providing us such valuable information thank you Sir.

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      11 years ago from India

      still you have not got any comment in Technocrati?

      You have done a nice presentation here


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