The Department of Homeland Security issued a release List of countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visaswhich includes Colombia.
these visasas detailed on the State Department page United State, necessary for the following labor activities: the first, “for temporary or seasonal agricultural work”; The second, “for temporary or seasonal non-farm jobs.”
In the list of H-2A visas, there are 86 countries and in the H-2B, 87 countries. Colombia appears in both visas. These designations are effective as of November 10, 2022 and ends November 10, 2023explains the US government.
So you can apply
Anyone interested in obtaining one of these visas must have a valid passport sponsored by a company in the North American country. That is, the company must manage the employment certificate application.
to qualify for nonimmigrant classification H-2AThe petitioner (ie the person offering the job) must:
– Offer a temporary or seasonal job.
Proof that there are not enough US workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.
Demonstrate that hiring H-2A workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed American workers.
The US government says: “H-2A recipients may remain in the United States for up to three years.”
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In the meantime, to qualify for non-immigrant classification H-2BThe petitioner must prove the following:
– There are not enough trained, willing, available, and qualified US workers to perform temporary work.
Employment of H-2B workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of U.S. workers employed in similar positions.
“The maximum period of residence in an H-2B classification is 3 years,” indicates that country’s government.
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Other countries on the list
It is important to note that these two immigration programs are available for many Latin American countries: Colombia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay, Venezuela.
More info at: h-2a-and-2b