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The H-2B nonimmigrant work visa is for a temporary, non-agricultural worker coming to the U.S. to fill temporary needs for additional workers.
There is an annual limit of 66,000 visas, and the maximum length of stay is 1 year, with the possibility to extend in one-year increments for a maximum period of 3 years.
In order to be eligible for an H-2B visa, the U.S. employer must prove that the need for a foreign worker is temporary, and that there are no U.S. workers to fill the temporary position.
Both skilled and unskilled workers are eligible for an H-2B visa, unlike the H-1B visa, which is specifically for those holding Bachelor’s Degrees or equivalent.