What is an H-2b visa?
“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.” U.S. Department of State
what this means to those applying for an h-2b visa
- A friend on the program refers you to a U.S. business.
- The business applies for your H-2b visa.
- The person applying must pay a fee to a national agent.
- The national agent helps you to obtain your passport.
- The national agent helps you to obtain a U.S. embassy interview
- You receive your visa.
- You obtain plane tickets from your agent or U.S. employer.
- You leave your country to work in the U.S. for 6 – 9 months.
Some on an H-2b visa will leave their children with family members while they come to work in the U.S.
how DO we help those on an H-2b visa?
Most people spend almost every dollar to get to the U.S. When they arrive, they have little money for food and necessities. We try to provide them with enough food until they can get their first paycheck. We also take them to church, the doctors, the hospital, appointments, and shopping. At the end of the summer, barrels of goods are sent home to Jamaica. We take them shopping to fill their barrels. The van is literally full of food and clothes.
Our international service is held on Wednesday nights from April to November. Many that come are intercessors, worship leaders, choir members, deacons, and teachers in their home church. Our worship time is led from the congregation. There is also a testimony time, time in the Word, and an altar service. All are encouraged to complete discipleship Bible packets.
Have you ever been to a Penny Concert? it is a huge fundraiser in Jamaica. If I wanted you to sing, I would pay $1 and call your name. If someone wanted you to sing again, they would pay another $1. If you want to sit yourself down, it is $2. If someone wants to sit you down, $2 must be paid plus $1 to call someone else to sing. We also have Jamaican dinners at our home.
Through Papa Deny’s Free-cycled Bikes, our Jamaican friends are loaned bicycles. Dennis will deliver, fix, and pick up the bicycles for free. If your church would like to send a team to help Dennis fix bicycles or if you would like to donate a bike, you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org Bicycle strobe lights are also provided.