H2B visa and H2A visa expanded for Latinos in the U.S.

In a world where job opportunities are key to personal and professional growth, the possibility of obtaining employment abroad plays an important role. In this sense, the extension of the H2B visa and the H2A visa emerges as a passage to a promising future for Latino citizens.

In this article, we will not only explore everything about this new measure, but also the details that every applicant should know about these visas. Dive in with Jaskot Law on this informative journey that could change your working life!

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    What does the extension of the H2B visa and the H2A visa entail?

    This new measure, which implemented an extension and some changes to the visa program for the period 2023-2024, went into effect on November 9. It includes the following changes:

    • Bolivia is included among the countries eligible for the program.
    • Continuity for Latin American countries already authorized to participate in the program.

    This represents a positive step for Bolivia’s immigrant citizens, as they will be able to apply for these temporary work visas and improve their future. As a friendly reminder, the following are the Latin American countries that are part of the program and the visas they have available:

    CountryH2A VisaH2B Visa
    Costa RicaEligibleEligible
    El SalvadorEligibleEligible
    Dominican RepublicEligibleEligible

    Are you from Bolivia and want to get advice on how to start the process to access these visas or are from any other eligible Latin American country and have doubts? The team of Jaskot Law can help you, whatever your situation. Contact us!

    Group of immigrants who obtained temporary employment through the h2a visa, which is the opposite of the h2b visa.
    The expansion and new changes to both the H2B visa and the H2A visa programs represent a positive development for Latin American immigrants who wish to create a better future.

    What are the H2B visa and the H2A visa?

    Due to the good news of this new measure implemented last week, it is important for each applicant to understand what each of these visas entails. The following is a brief explanation of each:

    H2B Visa

    The H-2B Visa is an opportunity for temporary non-agricultural workers who wish to work in the United States. Designed to meet seasonal or peak work demands, this program facilitates employment in various sectors and thus contributes to the professional and cultural enrichment of participants. Eligibility requirements include the following:

    • Approved job offer: A verified job offer from the U.S. employer detailing terms and conditions is required.
    • Temporary need: The employer must demonstrate the temporary need for additional workers due to seasonal or one-time demands.
    • Labor certification process: Obtaining certification from the Department of Labor validating the lack of local workers available for the position.
    • Compliance with labor standards: Employers must ensure fair labor conditions and comply with applicable U.S. labor laws.
    Group of immigrants who obtained temporary employment through the H2B visa and the H2A visa in the United States.
    Although these visas may seem similar, it is important to understand the main difference between them, which lies in the type of work to be performed, in order to be able to apply for the one that suits the particular situation of each applicant.

    H2A Visa

    The H2A Visa, on the other hand, allows temporary workers to engage in agricultural activities. Designed to meet seasonal labor demands, it provides participants with the opportunity to contribute to the U.S. agricultural sector and enrich their work and cultural experience. To apply, the following is required:

    • Agricultural job offer: The employer must offer a specific job in the agricultural sector and detail the conditions and benefits received.
    • Labor certification: Obtain approval from the Department of Labor demonstrating the lack of willing and able local workers.
    • Agricultural experience: Value the experience in agricultural activities, through which you demonstrate skills and knowledge related to agriculture.
    • Housing conditions: Employers must provide adequate and safe housing for temporary agricultural workers.

    We understand that the requirements and process for applying for these visas can be overwhelming. For this reason, the Jaskot Law team is ready to give you the advice you deserve and make sure you start building your future.


    In summary, the expansion and new changes to the H2B visa and the H2A visa programs offer Latinos not only temporary employment, but the opportunity to immerse themselves in an enriching work experience in the United States.

    Understanding the requirements and carefully following the application process is key to success and to building a solid future in the country. Don’t miss the opportunity to cultivate your path to a prosperous working future with the help of the specialized lawyers at Jaskot Law. We guide you through every step of this new process!


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    USCIS – H2B Visa

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is it possible to change employers once the visa is approved?

    Changing employers during the duration of the visa is not impossible, but it can be very complicated. Approval from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Labor is required.

    What happens if problems arise during employment under these visas?

    Workers can contact the relevant authorities, such as the Department of Labor, to address labor issues. In addition, there are non-profit organizations that provide legal assistance and support.

    What happens at the end of the period authorized by the visa?

    At the end of the authorized period, workers must return to their country of origin. Employers wishing to retain workers may consider requesting extensions or exploring other legal options.