H-2B Visa FAQs

What are H-2B Visas for “One-Time Occurrence” Employees?

H-2B visas for one-time occurrence employees are for positions which the employer has not employed workers to perform such work in the past, and will not need workers to perform it again in the future. It also includes an employment situation that is otherwise permanent, but a temporary event of short duration has created the need for a temporary worker.

What are H-2B Visas for Seasonal Workers?

The H-2B visa can also be utilized to fill a seasonal need for work that is traditionally tied to a season of the year by an event or pattern, and of a recurring nature, except that the employment is not “seasonal” if the period during which the service or labor is needed is unpredictable, subject to change, or considered a vacation period for the employer's permanent employees.

What are H-2B Visas for Peakload Need Workers?

An H-2B visa petitioner claiming a peakload need must show that it although it regularly employs permanent workers to perform those services or labor, it needs to temporarily supplement its permanent staff at a location due to a seasonal or short-term demand; and that the temporary additions to staff will not become part of the employer's regular operation.

What are H-2B Visas for Intermittent Need Workers?

An H-2B visa petitioner claiming an intermittent need must show that it has not employed permanent or full-time workers to perform the services or labor; and only occasionally or intermittently needs temporary workers to perform services or labor for short periods.

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