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What is the difference between H-2A and H-2B?

If you grow it from seed or birth it – you will likely qualify as an H-2A employer; all other employers generally qualify as H-2B. The proceeding explanation is a bit over simplified. As is always the case, there are exceptions; in order to make it even easier – call and we will help find the right program for you.

Simple Comparison Chart:

H-2A CERTIFICATION FOR
AGRICULTURAL WORK
H-2B CERTIFICATION FOR
NON-AGRUCULTURAL WORK
Similarities
Similarities
The need for workers must be temporary. usually not to exceed 10 months. The need for workers must be temporary. Usually not to exceed 10 months.
Differences
Differences
Need is based on the specific crop or livestock care guidelines. Need is based on one of the following:
Peakload
Seasonal
One-Time
Intermittent
Agricultural Non-Agricultural
Not subject to statutory "cap" Subject to statutory "cap"
Mandatory: Housing Not Mandatory: Housing

The H-2B cap is a statutory numerical limit of 66,000 which is the total number of (H-2B) visas that may be issued annually.

Sample of Industries Served By:

H-2A H-2B
Cattle Ranching
Row Crops
Fruit Farms
Sod Farms
Manufacturing/Production
Goat/Sheep Ranching
Cotton Ginning
Construction
Hospitality: Hotels, Resorts, Restaurants,    etc.
Waste Management
Seafood and Fishing
Mining
Oil Field and Related
Any agricultural entity that has a legitimate need for a temporary workforce. Any business entity that has a legitimate need for a temporary workforce.