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Old 04-21-2009, 03:25 PM
 
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Default Seasonal jobs in Alaska under a H2B working visa?

Hello, I'm from Israel and I'd like to work in Alaska for a few months to make some good money. I have no visa to the US and I heard that there are employers that could get me an H2B visa that is valid for 4 months and after those 4 months I'll have a week or so to leave the US.

My question is: How do I find an employer in the US that could get me a visa?

I a tourist visa refusal about 7~ months ago, I hope it won't be a problem.


I heard that there are jobs working as a lumberjack, any info? I'm strong and willing to work hard. How much this job pays usually? Also, which city in Alaska is the most popular for jobs like this?

I don't know much and hope I'll get some information.

Thanks you.
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:51 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Take the money and run, huh?
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Old 04-21-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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Take the money and run, huh?
Not running anywhere . From what I understood, the work visa is only valid for 4 months and after that I could change a status to a toursit visa and use the money to travel in the US.
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:08 PM
 
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Give them a call and see what they say. That's the best anyone here can do for you.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, Ketchikan, Alaska featuring Log Rolling, Speed Climbing, and more exciting lumberjack sports (http://www.lumberjackshows.com/alaska/ - broken link)
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Old 04-21-2009, 05:18 PM
 
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Give them a call and see what they say. That's the best anyone here can do for you.

Great Alaskan Lumberjack Show, Ketchikan, Alaska featuring Log Rolling, Speed Climbing, and more exciting lumberjack sports (http://www.lumberjackshows.com/alaska/ - broken link)
Oh, so that's a Lumberjack show, I thought it's working as a labor physical worker like someone I know did in Scandinavia. He chopped trees, worked really hard and made some good money. So in Alaska lumberjack jobs are just in shows?

What about other physical labor jobs that people are doing in Alaska and I could maybe work there? Also, there's a website maybe where I can find jobs and employers that hire foreigners?
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:15 PM
 
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I don't know of many lumberjacks left in Alaska. None of them hire foreigners. They barely have enough jobs for American's. I think they'd give the Canadians first crack if they did. Why can't you get a lumberjack job where you live???
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:50 PM
 
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I don't know of many lumberjacks left in Alaska. None of them hire foreigners. They barely have enough jobs for American's. I think they'd give the Canadians first crack if they did. Why can't you get a lumberjack job where you live???
Where I live the salaries are very low and Alaska could be a good adventure.

Are you telling me that Americans do this kind of job? It looks like a kind of job that not many Americans would want to do.

There's this company here that could arrange me a job in Alaska if I was a full-time univesrity student here on a special "student exchange" visa, but I know that non-students can come on another visa if they find an employer in Alaska.

Fishing job also sounds like a good adventure and some good money if I could get it.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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Fishing and Timber are nothing like they used to be here. No work and little pay.
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Old 04-21-2009, 07:23 PM
 
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Are you telling me that Americans do this kind of job? It looks like a kind of job that not many Americans would want to do.

Fishing job also sounds like a good adventure and some good money if I could get it.
There are thousands of Alaskans that do these jobs. However the timber industry has shrunk, drastically. Your chances of getting one of these jobs is about zero. You'd have a better chance at getting a job in a fish cannery. But even with those you'll be competing with Alaskans and all the people from the lower 48, as well as the illegal aliens from south of border.
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Old 04-24-2009, 11:35 PM
 
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I'd say the best bet for a visa would be to work seasonally at one of the Alaskan resorts. A lot of foreign workers work for these lodges.

Try this website:

coolworks.com

There are a lot of hospitality job opportunities in Alaska and many of these places offer cheap housing and a meal plan.
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