The H-2 visa allows agricultural and other seasonal workers to enter the United States from abroad. Unlike the H-1B visa, which is reserved for professional workers with college educations, the H-2 visa does not require a college degree, and can be obtained for either skilled or unskilled labor, as long as it is seasonal in nature.
There are 2 types of H-2 visas: the H-2A and the H-2B.
The H-2A visa requires a job offer from a qualified employer before it will be granted. It allows the worker to stay in the U.S. for up to 3 years, including possible extensions. It specifically applies to agricultural work.
The H-2B visa is very similar, but it applies to any other type of work, besides agriculture, as long as it is seasonal and temporary. It also requires a job offer from a qualified employer, and it allows a worker to stay in the U.S. for 3 years, including possible extensions.
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Last Modified: 01-10-2012 03:17 PM PST
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