The federal H-2B non-immigrant program permits employers to hire foreign workers to perform non-agricultural labor on a full-time, temporary basis. For additional information on the H-2B program, go to USDOL's H-2B Certification Page. The New York State Department of Labor's (NYSDOL) role is to assist employers by processing H-2B job orders. Prior to filing the job order with the New York State Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Unit (FLCU), you must obtain a Prevailing Wage Determination from the US Department of Labor's Chicago National Prevailing Wage Center using ETA Form 9141. H-2B job orders should be filed with the Chicago National Processing Center 75 to 90 days before the employer's date of need.

Job Orders may be submitted to the NYS DOL prior to 90 days from the date of need and must be clearly identified as an H-2B job order. To file with the NYS DOL's Foreign Labor Certification Unit, complete the H-2B Foreign Labor SWA Job Order Form  (FL 515). As referenced in the FL-515, below are the direct links to the applicable New York Wage Orders, which include information about optional deductions for the benefit of employees (such as employer provided housing or meals, for example).

E-mail the completed FL-515 to the New York State Department of Labor's Foreign Labor Certification Unit using [email protected] or fax it to 716-541-9615. Please do not self-index any H-2B order on the New York Job Bank, and please do not submit it to the Business Services personnel or Career Center personnel.


Here is a brief slide show presentation for H-2B employers and agents.

Here is a Fact Sheet for H-2B employers and agents.

2024 Employer Webinar

In November 2023, the New York State Department of Labor’s Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs provided an H-2B webinar to the external filing community. The webinar provides a general overview of the H-2B program, highlights the State Department of Labor’s role in the H-2B process and offers guidance regarding filing H-2B job orders in the State of New York. You can view a recording of this webinar by clicking on the link below.  As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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Agents Acting on Behalf of New York’s H-2B Employers

The agents/attorneys listed are those that New York’s H-2B employers currently hire to complete H-2B related paperwork, recruit workers from foreign countries, and provide general assistance in the H-2B process. New York’s Foreign Labor Certification Unit is not allowed to endorse any one representative over any others. This list of agents may be provided to employers who would like to utilize the services of these individuals.

New York State Wage Theft Prevention Act resources for H-2B employers

In order to assist employers in achieving compliance with New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (WTPA), a number of forms and other resources are provided for your use.

Pay Notice and Work Agreement for H-2B employers

New York State Department of Labor Form LS 54 is a blank work agreement that contains all of the fields that employers must include to notify each employee in writing of conditions of employment at time of commitment to hire to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act. This form is also available in ChineseHaitian CreoleKoreanPolishRussian, and Spanish.

Wage statements for H-2B employers

New York State Department of Labor Form FL 447 is a blank wage statement containing the fields that employers of H-2B workers must provide to document each pay period to comply with the Wage Theft Prevention Act.

The Horse Racing Industry

One of the biggest H-2B industries in New York State is the Horse Racing Industry. It is a major economic driver in the state, supporting thousands of jobs and attracting tourists from around the world. 

The Department of Labor is committed to protecting racetrack workers and supporting all employers in their efforts to comply with regulations.

Horse Racing in NYS

Contact Us

Foreign Labor Certification Unit Supervisor: Melissa Buckley
Office phone: 716-851-2609
Mobile phone: 716-803-0402
E-Mail: [email protected]


Foreign Labor and Outreach Specialist: Christine Tavares-Hamilton
Office Phone: 212-775-3679
Mobile Phone: 347-930-7648
E-Mail:  [email protected]


Foreign Labor and Outreach Specialist: Silvia Ray
Office phone: 212-775-3358
Mobile phone: 917-708-1807
E-Mail: [email protected]


Foreign Labor and Outreach Specialist: Katya DePoala
Mobile phone: 845-701-0432
E-Mail: [email protected]


Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs Deputy Director: Reyna Moreno
Office Phone: 212-775-3785
E-mail: [email protected]


Foreign Labor Certification Unit Program Emails and Fax:
H-2A: [email protected]
H-2B: [email protected]
Fax: 716-541-9615


USDOL Contact Information

Find details at http://www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov or contact the USDOL's CNPC at (312) 886-8000.