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H-2B Seasonal Visas for North Carolina

Explanation of the H-2B Temporary Worker Visa

The United States immigration system accommodates many employers in North Carolina and throughout the country that experience fluctuating employment demands throughout the year. These companies do not require a full complement of workers at all times of the year and may be unable to offer year-round, full-time employment. Such business characteristics are common in companies that are dependent on seasonal or cultural vacation trends or specific weather, such as in the case of theme parks and ski resorts. Given the transitory nature of these fields of employment, such companies often encounter difficulty in finding workers locally, especially since most of them need jobs that can support them throughout the year.

To make it easier for U.S. employers to find workers who can fill positions on a temporary or seasonal basis, the immigration system in this country provides the option of applying for H-2B temporary work visas. The H-2B makes it possible for foreign nationals to enter and remain in the United States for a limited period of time for the purpose of working on a one-time or seasonal basis, provided that the work is not in the agricultural industry. H-2B is a nonimmigrant visa, which means that it does not provide the holder with a path to naturalization and citizenship.

H-2B Visa Application Process

Before an individual worker can apply for an H-2B visa, the prospective employer must first obtain labor certification from the Department of Labor. Employers must supply evidence that the hiring of foreign workers will not adversely affect the wages for the local workers and that it will not deprive local workers of positions that they would otherwise be willing, available and capable of doing. Employers must then file a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker on behalf of the employee, and once this has been approved, the employee can then apply for the visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or seek admission on H-2B status at a U.S. port of entry. To get the process started, contact Fayad Law, P.C. now for an initial consultation with a North Carolina immigration attorney at one of our offices in Raleigh, NC, Fairfax and Richmond, VA or Washington, DC. We also can assist employers and applicants from around the world who contact us via phone or online.

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