H-2 Visa Information

H-2 Visa Information

Detailed, accurate information about H-2 visas is available at these official websites:

General Procedures to Apply for an H-2 Visa

Step 1:  Find a company or sponsor in the United States in need of temporary labor/workers.  Please note: The U.S. Embassy has no company, sponsor, or available job list and cannot offer job placement services.

Step 2:  H-2 visas are petition-based visas, meaning that a U.S. employer must first file a labor certification with the U.S. Department of Labor, and then a Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker (Form I-129, see https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-129.pdf) with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Only once the I-129 petition is approved can the prospective employee apply for a U.S. visa.

Step 3:  Review your job contract and confirm that your I-129 petition is approved; verify the petition date of expiration.  Conduct market research to make sure that your employer will pay you a fair market wage/salary.  You must receive and sign a written work contract in English; if you do not understand English, then you must also sign the contract in Mongolian (or any other language that you understand).

Step 4:  When assured that your I-129 petition is approved, complete a DS-160 electronic visa application form and pay the $190 USD visa application fee at Khan Bank (see  http://www.ustraveldocs.com/mn/mn-niv-visafeeinfo.asp).

Step 5:  Schedule your H-2 visa appointment (see https://cgifederal.secure.force.com/).

Step 6:  Come to the U.S. Embassy for your visa interview.  Be sure to bring a valid passport, a visa photo which meets all U.S. visa photo requirements (see http://www.ustraveldocs.com/mn/mn-niv-photoinfo.asp) and your I-129 petition receipt number.

Step 7:  If approved, pick up your visa and travel to a U.S. port of entry; apply for admission to the United States as an H-2 temporary worker.

Step 8:  Complete your work contract and return to Mongolia before your authorized period of stay expires, and without engaging in any activity(ies) that could violate the terms of your H-2 status.  Remember:  H-2 inclusion is a privilege which the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can take away if violated or abused.