Due to growing demand for seasonal workers in the US hospitality and
forestry industries, the 2005 H2B visa cap of 66,000 visas was reached
on January 3, 2005. This has prompted Florida's hotel and resort owners
to lobby for an expansion of the cap. Read more about the strong demand
for foreign workers in one Maryland resort area here.
The US government provides an yearly maximum of 66,000 employment-based non-immigrant visas for temporary or seasonal work, called H-2B visas. These applications first require the employer to file a Temporary Labor Certification with the US Department of Labor (DOL) not earlier than 120 days before your hiring. After the certification is approved, the employer must file a petition with the Immigration and Nationalization Service (INS). Once the petition is approved, the application can be filed by the applicant. However, if you are within the U.S. you may file the petition and the application together.
In order to qualify you must:
Accompanying relatives of H-2B visa holders are eligible for H-4 visas. They may stay in the U.S. but not work there.