This is an outline of the H2B program, and its stipulations and timeline expected. Group NB and our Legal Team handle each part of the process and are here to give updates every step of the way.
The H-2B program allows employers to hire nonimmigrants temporarily. The process starts with the employer applying for a temporary labor certification from the Department of Labor (DOL). The employer must adverse and recruit for the job to show that no U.S. workers are available. The USCIS and the Department of State handle the visas. The employer must offer a wage that equals or exceeds the highest of the prevailing wage, applicable Federal minimum wage, the State minimum wage, or local minimum wage. The employer applicant must establish that their need for nonagricultural services or labor is temporary in nature, regardless of whether the underlying job is permanent or temporary.
Employers must request and obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination (PWD) from the OFLC National Prevailing Wage Center before filing an H-2 B Job Order with the State Workforce Agency (SWA).
A prevailing wage determination is a process of finding out the minimum wage and location. It is done by the Department of Labor to protect the domestic labor market from unfair completion by foreign workers. It is required for U.S. employers who want to hire foreign workers through the PERM labor certification process.
Employer obtain a prevailing wage for the job opportunity in the local area of employment
Employer files and obtains a H-2B temporary labor certification following recruitment of US. workers for the job opportunity.
Employer files I-129 petiition for H-2B worker with appropriate USCIS Service Center
• There are not sufficient U.S. workers who are qualified and who will be available to perform the temporary services or labor for which an employer desires to hire foreign workers
• The employment of H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
• Be an employer with a valid Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
• Have a place of business (i.e., physical location) in the United States
• Have a means by which it can be contacted for employment.
• Temporary (i.e., nine months or less, except one-time occurrences)
• Full-time (i.e., 35 or more hours per week)
• Non-agricultural employment within a specified area(s) of intended employment.
Prior to filing a petition with DHS' U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), an employer must obtain an approved temporary labor certification from the Department: