Recently, NRCA has been receiving telephone calls from its
contractor members regarding what they call "a new visa program for
immigrant workers." The program to which they are referring is not
new. In fact, the H-2 visa program, which was developed to bring
workers to the United States to fill the temporary needs of
employers, has been in existence since the 1950s. The program was
split into two categories in the 1960s—H-2A for temporary
agricultural workers and H-2B for temporary nonagricultural
workers, such as roofing workers.
The following information answers questions about the H-2B
The H-2B visa classification gives U.S. employers the
opportunity to hire nonimmigrants to perform temporary
nonagricultural work in the United States. The work must be
validated as one-time, seasonal,...
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