The H-2B visa is designated for individuals who will be employed in a nonagricultural positions which are seasonal, intermittent or a one time occurrence. Examples of qualifying positions include travel agents, restaurant workers, janitors, resort workers, amusement park workers and landscape workers.
Spouses and children of H-2B visa holders may enter and remain in the US in H-4 status. H4 visa holders may attend school in the US but cannot accept employment.
US. companies hiring foreign nationals to perform temporary work for which no US workers are available
H-2B visas are limited to nationals of the following countries unless the H2B petitioner can show it is in the US interest for the H2B applicant to be issued the visa.
Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kiribati, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Nauru, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Romania, Samoa, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, South Africa, South Korea, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vanuatu.
An H-2B nonagricultural temporary worker is an alien who is coming temporarily to the United States to perform temporary services or labor, is not displacing United States workers capable of performing such services or labor, and whose employment is not adversely affecting the wages and working conditions of United States workers.