H2B Applications-Handled By Youself?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by ed2hess, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Has anyone tried submitting your own paperwork for H2B workers? After two years going through the process and reading up on application we don't see why we can't do them ourselves. Our guys continue to go up each year and it is getting very costly just for the lawyer.
     
  2. Marcus Drake Consultants

    Marcus Drake Consultants LawnSite Member
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    There is no reason why you cannot do it yourself. It is the same way the home owner can do his own lawn care. You can do your own taxes. This is getting much more complicated both here and at the foreign consulate. We at Marcus Drake Consultants understand that this could be an expensive project using some H2B companies. Many make you put a large amount of money up front and you don't know who you are getting. They don't have staff to select good guys and they take people off the street, anyone. We are a full service company. Our staff hand picks and screens the people. We don't advertise and only take referrals from people who worked for us before. Further, we require that the applicant pay a small fee for his job and our service to assist him in getting the visa. This greatly reduces the fee that you have to pay and your papers are processed by experts. Check out our web. If you still want to do this yourself feel free to ask my any questions via email and I will help you.
     
  3. ed2hess

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    Thanks for the reply. We pretty much know who we want to bring since the guys have been in the program. And they in turn have sources for additional people so that part is not a problem for us. The first couple years the cost was reasonable but we have been informed that the cost for 2007 will go up about 50% and we think that is all lawyer processing fee and has nothing to do with the charges that the two governments charge? As a point of useful information can you tell us how much the applicant is paying from their side? Our guys that came in Oct indicated it cost them almost $500 per person. This went to their government and the employment office and transportation I assume?
     
  4. Frog Lights  LLC

    Frog Lights LLC LawnSite Member
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    We need 35 people is it too late
     
  5. Marcus Drake Consultants

    Marcus Drake Consultants LawnSite Member
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    We have offices in 8 foreign countries with 3 more in Mexico. We lost the Cancun office for now due to the Hurricane Our staff will assist the men with the new paperwork that must be filed there, appointments,payments, and most importantly, help them with regard to the consular interviews. Our charges range depending on the country and the number of men on the petition. From $300-$600 USD. It is not too late for 06 spring filing. Applications received now will be completed the end of March beginning of April, depending on your state and the company's response time.
     
  6. ed2hess

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    I sure Drake has a LOT more experience in this proces than we do but.....we tried two years before we got any guys. Last year (2004) we got approved in December 2003. We were informed on Dec 29 2003 that the guota for 2004 had been used up and we had to wait for congress to act. They acted mid year and we got our guys in Oct 2004. Yes it was at the end of the year but we took them so we could get the process going. We understand that you can't apply more than 120 days before you are going to take the guys. And obviously when you are approved you have to act before quota is met. We also understand that once you have guys that come in they don't count against the quota the following year. So we have been in the process for getting our 2006 application approved.
     

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