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Employment Visas
 

There are various kinds of employment visas.  Please see below for more detailed information on these types of visas:

  • Crewmembers

  • Long-Term Workers

  • Performers

  • Short-Term (Seasonal) Workers

Crewmembers

All applicants must bring a current contract or crew letter from their company to the interview. Applicants must schedule their own appointments, using either the Call Center or Self Service Website. Applicants must also bring all standard documentation to their interviews.

B1/B2 visa applications for crewmembers

Applicants may apply for a B1/B2 visa at no fee in coordination with a C1/D visa application. Applicants who are applying for a B1/B2 visa (at no fee) along with a C1/D visa should  fill out a separate application for each visa and bring both confirmation sheets to the interview at the Embassy. These applicants are only required to pay one fee. Please note that successful C1/D applicants are not guaranteed B1/B2 visas; applicants must still prove to the consular officer that they meet all of the qualification for a B1/B2 visa in order to be granted this visa class.

Short-Term (Seasonal) Workers

Those who have been invited to the U.S. for temporary, seasonal, non-agricultural work must obtain a visa from the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.  In order to be considered a nonimmigrant under the above classifications, the applicant's prospective employer or agent must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS). Once approved, the employer or agent is sent a notice of approval, Form I-797.  Once the prospective employee is listed on the I-797, he or she can visit the U.S. Embassy for the visa interview.  Individual H2B workers must also follow the group appointment process to schedule an interview.

Applicants must bring all standard documentation described here to their interview.

Group Appointment System

The U.S. Embassy in Jamaica has implemented a new Self Service Group Process that allows group sponsors to coordinate appointments much more efficiently.  For more information on how to schedule as a group (or as an individual H2B worker), please send an email to Group_Processing_JAM@visaops.net.  Once you have been authorized as a group you will receive an Access Code and be able to schedule your appointments through our Self Service Web at http://jamaica.usvisa-info.com/

  • Step 1 – Register A Group User

All groups requesting access to schedule appointments through the group system should submit the following information to Group_Processing_JAM@visaops.net

  • Subject Line: Groups of 5 or More Program
  • Information about the organization in Jamaica:
    •  
      • Organization Name
      • Contact Name
      • Telephone Number
      • E-Mail Address
      • Fax Number
      • Street Address including zip code
    • Information about the Organization in the US, if applicable:
    • Sponsoring Organization Name
    • Contact Name
    • Telephone Number
    • E-Mail Address
    • Description of Trip Purpose
    • Itinerary (Destination, departure and return dates) Length of Trip
  • Step 2 – Paying the Fee

Once a group user has been created, they will be able to register their applicants in the group system and download the bank deposit slips. Each applicant will have a deposit slip and no bulk payments are allowed. No credit card payments will be allowed for groups.

  • Step 3 – Scheduling the Appointments

After the MRV fees have been paid and validated, the group coordinator will be able to schedule all the necessary appointments.

  • Step 4 – Interviews

The group coordinator will select the desired appointment date in the system for all of the scheduled applicants. The applicants will then appear at the Embassy on the day of their scheduled interviews.

 Long-Term Workers

Applicants can make an appointment for their visa interview through our call center or self service website.

Please bring your original DHS approved petition and all supporting documentation submitted on your behalf to DHS. 

All applicants must fill out an electronic visa application and bring all standard documentation.

Performers

Those who have been invited to the U.S. for  performance-related purposes must obtain a visa from the U.S. Embassy in Kingston.  In order to be considered a nonimmigrant under the above classifications, the applicant's prospective employer or agent must file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security (USCIS). Once approved, the employer or agent is sent a notice of approval, Form I-797.  Once the prospective employee is listed on the I-797, he or she can visit the U.S. Embassy for the visa interview.

When filling out your DS-160 form, please include your stage name in the 'Alias Surname' field. 

Applicants must bring all standard documentation described here to their interviews.

Additional Information

Detailed information about temporary work visas to the U.S.

Additional guidance and forms pertaining to temporary work visas.

E-mail KingstonNIV@state.gov if you have any questions or concerns pertaining to worker visas.

This William Wilberforce Pamphlet (PDF 252.9K) contains information about your rights as a worker in the United States.