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  • News: USCIS Announces 63 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

    USCIS Announces 63 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register. The H-2A and H-2B Visa programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively. Generally, USCIS only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs. USCIS may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States. Effective Jan. 18, 2014, nationals of the following 63 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs:
    Argentina Fiji Mexico Slovakia
    Australia Grenada Moldova Slovenia
    Austria Guatemala Montenegro Solomon Islands
    Barbados Haiti Nauru South Africa
    Belize Honduras The Netherlands South Korea
    Brazil Hungary Nicaragua Spain
    Bulgaria Iceland New Zealand Switzerland
    Canada Ireland Norway Thailand
    Chile Israel Panama Tonga
    Costa Rica Italy Papua New Guinea Turkey
    Croatia Jamaica Peru Tuvalu
    Dominican Republic Japan The Philippines Ukraine
    Ecuador Kiribati Poland United Kingdom
    El Salvador Latvia Romania Uruguay
    Estonia Lithuania Samoa Vanuatu
    Ethiopia Macedonia Serbia
    This notice does not affect the status of beneficiaries who currently are in the United States in H-2A or H-2B status unless they apply to change or extend their status. Each country’s designation is valid for one year from January 18, 2014. For more information on USCIS and its programs please visit www.uscis.gov.
    Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/17/2014
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