H-2B Temporary Non-Agricultural Workers

Information about H-2B, with live links to US Citizenship and Immigration Services

The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs. A U.S. employer, or U.S. agent as described in the regulations, must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, on a prospective worker’s behalf.

Alert: USCIS is no longer accepting petitions filed under the temporary final rule (PDF) increasing the FY 2018 numerical limit on H-2B nonimmigrant visas. USCIS will reject and return any petitions received after June 6, 2018 that were not selected in the lottery, as well as any cap-subject petitions. Petitions accepted for processing will have a receipt date of June 11, 2018. Premium processing service for these petitions begins on that receipt date. Only employers whose petitions were accepted will receive receipt notices.

USCIS continues to accept H-2B petitions with start dates for FY 2018 that are exempt from, or not counted towards, the congressionally mandated cap. USCIS will consider petitions requesting an employment start date on or after Oct. 1, 2018, towards the FY 2019 cap. These petitions will be subject to all eligibility requirements for FY 2019 H-2B cap filings.

See the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for more information and answers to these questions and more:

Who May Qualify for H-2B Classification?

H-2B Cap

H-2B Program Process

Reporting H-2B Fraud

H-2B Eligible Countries List

Period of Stay

Talks About a Possible NHLA/NHPGA Merger

In the beginning, the members of the landscape industry created the NH Plantgrowers Association to promote ethical practices and professional development. This association grew to represent all areas of the industry, including landscapers and plant growers. In the early ’80s, a group of dedicated landscapers formed the New Hampshire Landscape Association (NHLA) to better serve the specific needs of landscapers. Since that time the two associations have retained close ties as exemplified by our joint January conference. For a majority of the time since the split, membership has been high in both groups. However, over the years as the horticultural, greenhouse, and landscape industries have changed, especially since the 2008 recession, membership in both associations has dropped, as well as, created other challenges for both associations.

In February 2018, several members of the Cooperative Extension, the NH Landscape Association and the Plant Growers Association got together to discuss the possibility of bringing the two associations back together, as one. Over the last several months this committee has looked at the pros and cons of the proposal, as well as, compared the By-Laws and Constitutions of both associations, in order to find ways to combine them into one document. This process is in the beginning stages and still has a long way to go.

We will be presenting this idea at our annual joint Conference, in January, where our members can hear about the proposal, ask questions and address concerns. At the end of the discussion, the membership will vote to move the process forward or not. The two months between the January and March conferences, will be a comment period.  During this time, it is imperative that we hear from as many members, as possible. An official vote, to approve the merger, by the full membership of both associations will be completed during the March meeting, at the Puritan Conference Center, on March 22, 2019.

Your thoughts and concerns are very important, as we address this exciting possibility.  We would appreciate your support by attending both meetings.  If you have any immediate questions feel free to contact any of the directors on the NHLA or NHPGA Boards.