H1Base Reviews: H2B Visa Jobs 2013

Each year, sixty-six thousand H2B work visas for temporary non-agricultural employment issued by the United States government. And because the visas are being issued for seasonal work, the cap is essentially cut in half -- 33,000 are issued for the first half of 2013, and an additional 33,000 will also be issued for the second half. Thus, there are basically two separate cap periods for H2B workers to obtain visas for seasonal work in 2013, but any unused visas for the first period will be available for the second period as well.

For H2B visa job seekers, it's significant to note that visa petitions for the first half of the 2013 H2B visa cap are already currently being being issued to sponsoring employers by the USCIS (you can keep up with the Latest News & Updates on the H2B Visa Cap Count on AmericaVisaJobs.com). So, the real question is: exactly who is getting these visas?

Well, like the H1B visa, the H2B visa is filed on behalf of qualified employees by employers on a first-apply basis. Most of the applicants who are having visas filed at the moment are the ones who started their job search early and timed their applications correctly. This isn't to say that H2B candidates categorically will be unable to find positions if they start now -- but as we always say here at H1base, starting early is the best way to maximize your opportunities.

Review of Qualifications for H2B Visa Jobs in 2013

Aside from having your own H2B Visa qualifications, for an H2B Visa petition's labor certification to be successfully filed, these criteria have to be met:

The JOB has to qualify: The position in question has to involve seasonal, non-agricultural work. It also has to be temporary and cannot be of an on-going nature. And the period of employment cannot typically exceed 364 days; however, under certain circumstances, an employer may extend the certification for up to three years. The U.S. Department of Labor also has to make a couple of determinations about the position: (1) that there aren't enough capable U.S. workers to do the job in the area and during the specified season; and (2) that hiring a foreign national for the position won't adversely affect the wages or working conditions of domestic American workers working in comparable jobs.

The EMPLOYER has to qualify: Not unlike the H1B visa, an H2B-sponsoring employer has to show that they have made good faith attempts to find domestic workers who are capable of doing the job and have been unable to do so. They also have to provide proof that the need is either a one-time occurrence or that it arises from a seasonal need. And the seasonal need cannot be a period of time that is unpredictable, subject to change, or is considered a vacation period for permanent employees. The employer also must pay any fees associated with the visa.

Your NATION OF ORIGIN has to qualify: As of January 18, 2012, citizens of these countries are eligible to have H2B visas filed on their behalf: Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethopia, Fiji, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Nauru, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

H1Base Reviews Occupations & Jobs that Qualify for H2B Visas

As we've already mentioned, H2B visa jobs have to be non-agricultural and of a seasonal nature. Typically, these tend to be service-oriented positions, but they really cover the gamut of positions that aren't classified as doing "agricultural" work.

These jobs include, but are not limited to the following positions: hospitality workers, employees of hotels and motels, restaurant chefs, workers at resorts and theme Parks, ticket sales, cruise ship personnel, construction workers, maintenance workers and janitors, ski resort workers (including ski instructors), landscapers, golf course workers, water park employees, security professionals, roller-coaster and ride operators, restaurant and bar employees, warehouse laborers, retail store workers and more.

How to Find an H2B 2013 Visa Job

The best way to go about looking for H2B visa employment is to know exactly which U.S. companies typically hire for H2B Visas. This means that searching the larger, more generalized American job boards will almost invariably result in wasted effort on your part -- approximately 99% of all job listings on these sites are intended for domestic U.S. workers, and there's almost no real way of knowing whether these employers are even considering H2B workers to fill their seasonal work needs.

And in many cases, H2B jobs just can't be found on general job sites anyway; the vast majority of H2B-sponsoring employers just don't advertise them there. As a result, you'll want to be aware of exactly which companies to target, and set about employing the most effective application method(s) at your disposal. And those are just a couple of areas in which H1Base and our affiliated sites can assist you in this endeavor.

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