The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) launched an H-2 Data Hub to improve transparency in employment-based visa programs on June 23, 2021. This data hub will provide information to the public on the employers and agents petitioning for H-2B Visa workers.
What Is the H-2B Visa Program?
The H-2B Visa Program allows US employers to hire foreign workers for temporary, non-agricultural jobs, provided the worker meets specific requirements. The employment must be a one-time occurrence for a limited time to meet the worker demand during the peak season. There is a limit on the number of foreign workers who may receive the H-2B Visa status every year. Due to a lack of American workers available for temporary work, many employers in the US depend on the H-2B Visa program to meet their demand for temporary workers for seasonal jobs. See all nonimmigrant US work visas for temporary status.
What Is the H-2B Data Hub?
The H-2B Data Hub has been introduced to increase the transparency between the public and the employment-based visa program. This data hub will allow the public to search for US employers who are petitioning for H-2B Visa workers by the following presets:
- Visa Caps every fiscal year- up to 2015
- Employer’s name, city, state, ZIP code, hourly wage, etc
- Place of employment
- Visa Cap type
- North American Industry Classification System code
- Standard Occupational Classification code
This information will allow the public to determine the acceptance and denial rates of the H-2B Visa program.