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Program Overview&Eligibility&Benefits

Length of Program The length of the H-2B Program depends on a company’s specific period of need and cannot exceed 10 months. The average length of an H-2B Program is approximately five or six months. H-2B participants may extend their visa over a period of three consecutive years, and can work at different companies during this period of time.

Profile of Participants Individuals participating in the H-2B Program must be at least 18 years of age and have a minimum level of intermediate English. Both students and graduates (or non-students) may apply for the program.

Types of Positions Positions that are typically requested by employers include, but are not limited to landscapers/groundskeepers, cashiers, dining room attendants, fast food workers, chefs/cooks, food preparation workers, banquet servers/set-up, bartenders, waiters, hosts, dishwashers, front desk/reservation attendants, housekeepers, laundry attendants, valet parking attendants, concierge, baggage porters, recreation workers, amusement park workers, ride operators, game attendants, waterslide maintenance workers, ski lift operators, ski instructions, seafood processors and tour guides.

When to Apply Individuals abroad interested in participating in the H-2B Program should apply six to seven months prior to the anticipated arrival date to the United States. Individuals currently in the United States on an H-2B visa should apply a minimum of four months before their visa expiration date.

These are some of the benefits that you could get by participating in Exchange International H-2B Program!

* Guaranteed work placement secured prior to arrival
* Jobs are guaranteed to pay the prevailing wage (the same amount paid to U.S. citizens).
* We guarantee that all employment follows all H-2B Program regulations.
* Paperwork coordination: H-2B Visa documentation
* Pre-departure orientation in your country
* Housing location assistance upon request
* Participant handbook that contains all information relative to the program
* Health/Travel insurance offered at low costs to participants (optional)
* Access to tax refund services that will assist you in filing your taxes and help you in reclaiming any portion of the taxes paid in the U.S. that are due to you (optional)

Individuals interested in applying for the H-2B Program must meet the following requirements in order to be eligible for the Program:

Age Participants must be at least 18 years of age. Some positions may require that participants be at least 21 years of age, depending on the type of position being requested and duties/responsibilities pertaining to that particular position

English Level Individuals must be capable and comfortable functioning in an English-speaking work environment. English levels vary depending on the position being requested.

Education The minimum level of education that is required is a high school degree or diploma. It is possible that some employers may require a higher level of education for a specific job or position.

Experience Most of the positions for the H-2B Program are unskilled and do not require any specific level of experience. Some employers will request that participants have a specific level of experience in a particular industry or job in order to be accepted for the position.

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