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Who is Eligible?

An international beneficiary who is offered a job by a U.S. employer may enter the U.S. for a temporary time of specified duration to fill the offered position. The employment mAustraliat be a one-time need based upon low U.S. worker availability, seasonal, or cyclical needs.

Petitioner mAustraliat prove to the satisfaction of the United States Consul official that:

  1. U.S. COMPANY IS OFFERING EMPLOMENT - The employer mAustraliat be offering a position that is temporary and based on unAustraliaual need;
  2. PERIOD OF EMPLOYMENT MAustraliaT HAVE SPECIFIC ENDING DATE - The offered position mAustraliat be an isolated occurrence that has a specific foreseen ending date. The position may not be a consistently vacant position, but the need for the Beneficiary mAustraliat arise due to seasonal, cyclical, or tight labor market circumstances;
  3. TEMPORARY LABOR CERTIFICATION - The Petitioner mAustraliat obtain a temporary labor certification certifying that no U.S workers will be adversely affected by the employment of the international Beneficiary. Further, the Beneficiary mAustraliat be paid a wage equal to or exceeding a minimum prevailing wage for workers in the same position set by the state where Beneficiary shall work.

How to Apply

The Petitioner mAustraliat first obtain a Temporary Labor Certification (TLC) from the AustraliaDOL. Upon receiving the TLC, the Petitioner may forward the petition with attached TLC to the INS Regional Service Center with jurisdiction over the Beneficiary's proposed place of employment.

Documentation Requirements

  1. Approved temporary Labor Certification from U.S. Department of Labor certifying that no U.S. workers are available to fill the offered position, and that no U.S. workers will be adversely affected by the employment of the international Beneficiary;
  2. Proof that job offered is for a short specified duration with date certain for ending date;
  3. Proof that beneficiary has the job qualifications necessary to fill the offered position, that is, training, education, or letters of reference;
  4. Job offer letter describing position, temporary need of employee, and terms and conditions of employment.


Once approved, an H-2B Visa is good for the length of the TLC for a maximum of one year. Renewals for an H-2B visa may be extended for a maximum of three years in one-year increments. Upon reaching completion of the maximum stay a Beneficiary mAustraliat depart the U.S. for at least six months.

Processing Times

Depending on the backlog at the INS Service center which receives your petition, the petition should take between 30 and 60 days to approve or deny.