That’s what I was afraid of. As you most likely know, there are about 13 million or more in the same position, many of those have employers that want to help them, many are married to U.S. Citizens, and many even have U.S. Citizen children and still they cannot fix their status because of an illegal entry. There IS a way for an employer such as yourself to get them legal, but it will be expensive for you, will take probably too much time (you will see why in a moment), AND it would be a great risk to them so they wouldn’t want to take the chance. The work visa
available is the H-2B. For an H-2B worker visa, it is expensive and difficult to get because you, the employer, would have to go through an expensive process called a Labor Certification where the position is advertised in the local media, you must receive all resumes and eliminate all candidates for valid reasons, not just because you have a job for them. This is to prove that they would not be taking a job away from a U.S. worker. Here is a link: http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2b-non-agricultural-workers/h-2b-temporary-non-agricultural-workers It may also be possible to do a blanket H-2B so that many employees would be covered by the same labor certification. So in that regard, you would save money. However, there is also the delay. Because they are used up for this year, you will need to apply on April 1, 2016 for them to start working on October 1, 2016 or later. Here is a link in regards ***** ***** H-2B cap http://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/h-2b-non-agricultural-workers/cap-count-h-2b-nonimmigrants And finally, even if you are able to get the labor certification approved, they cannot change status to H-2B in the U.S. because they have no status to change from. So they would have to risk leaving the U.S. and being barred for 10 years from returning. The risk is that there is a waiver available so that they can come back immediately, but there is no guarantee that they will get it. Here is a link: http://www.ilw.com/articles/2003,0930-labrie.shtm and another to the actual waiver process: http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/87150.pdf So as you can see, it won’t be cheap or easy, but at least now you know what you would need to do. My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions and there is no additional charge. Also, should you need to chat on the phone, private email or need help reviewing documentation, I am happy to do so for a small additional cost. Let me know if you are interested in these – I am happy to give you more details! When we are done, if you would be so kind as to leave a positive rating for my service, I would sincerely ***** ***** You can even ask additional questions without additional charge even after leaving a positive rating. Thank you for your understanding.