H2A and H2B Application through Visa Interview Waiver

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H-2A visas can be issued to seasonal agricultural workers to fill temporary agricultural jobs for which U.S. workers are not available. H-2B visas are issued to unskilled workers to perform a job which is temporary or seasonal in nature and for which there is a shortage of U.S. workers.

Once the employer has received Form I-797 notice of petition approval, the H2A/H2B applicant or applicants may submit their documentation through Correos de Costa Rica to apply via interview waiver. If you have questions about the online process, click here to request assistance. All visa applicants must be physically present in Costa Rica even if an interview is not required.

How to Apply

Step 1

Pay the visa application fee for each H2 visa applicant.

Step 2

Complete the Nonimmigrant Visa Electronic Application (DS-160) form and print the confirmation page for each applicant.

Step 3

Use the online appointment system clicking on New Application/Schedule Appointment to initiate processing for the group of applicants. You will need the following information for each applicant:

  • Applicant's passport biodata including applicant’s full name, passport number, date of birth and passport expiration date located on the passport's biographical page.
  • Applicant's visa application fee receipt number. Click here for help locating this number.
  • The 10-digit barcode number from the applicant's DS-160 confirmation page.
Step 4

Select Non-Immigrant Visa and then Work Visas

Step 5

Select either H2A or H2B and complete the information requested. Each H Visa applicant can be added as a "Dependent”.

Step 6

Print the Appointment Confirmation Letter and take it to the branch of Correos de Costa Rica on the date indicated on the confirmation letter with the following documentation:

  • Current, valid passports for all applicants.
  • If any applicants’ current or previous visa was issued in another passport, include that passport as well.
  • DS-160 electronic application form confirmation page for each applicant.
  • Current 5cm x 5cm photograph taken within the last six months for each applicant. For information on photo requirements, please visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/visa-information-resources/photos.html 
  • Visa fee receipt for each applicant.
  • Copy of the form I-797 notifying petition approval. 
  • If the applicant is not a citizen of Costa Rica, include a copy of the applicant’s Costa Rican residency card.

Step 7

The documentation for the applications will be forwarded through Correos de Costa Rica to the U.S. Embassy. Each application must have all the documents listed in Step 6. Applications with missing items will not be accepted.

Please note that consular officers always have the prerogative to require applicants to appear for interview. If the applicant requires an interview, the Passport will be returned through Correos de Costa Rica with instructions to schedule an appointment.

The approximate processing time for visa renewal applications through drop box is eight weeks.