H-2B Temporary Worker
The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to employ foreign nationals in the United States in temporary nonagricultural positions. Congress has set the H-2B cap at 66,000 per fiscal year, allocating 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the first half of the fiscal year (October 1 – March 31) and 33,000 for workers who begin employment in the second half of the fiscal year (April 1 – September 30). Any unused numbers from the first half of the fiscal year will be available for employers seeking to hire H-2B workers during the second half of the fiscal year.
H-2B petitions may only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, as eligible to participate in the H-2B program. Effective Jan. 19, 2019, nationals from the following countries are eligible to participate in the H-2B program: