William CarrielloPosted on Thu Nov 9
We’re excited to bring you some important updates from the world of immigration. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State (DOS), has recently announced the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the upcoming year. This information will be officially published in the Federal Register on November 9, 2023.
One of the most notable changes is the inclusion of Bolivia in the list of countries eligible to participate in both the H-2A and H-2B programs. This decision, effective from November 9, 2023, opens up new opportunities for Bolivian nationals seeking temporary employment in the United States.
The H-2A and H-2B visa programs play a crucial role in the U.S. economy, allowing employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively. While USCIS typically approves H-2A and H-2B petitions only for nationals of countries that the secretary of homeland security has designated as eligible, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.
As of November 9, nationals from the following countries are eligible to receive H-2A and H-2B visas:
|Andorra||The Kingdom of Eswatini||Madagascar||Saint Lucia|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Guatemala||Mozambique||South Africa|
|Bulgaria||Hungary||New Zealand||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Croatia||Jamaica||Papua New Guinea||Timor-Leste|
|Republic of Cyprus||Japan||Paraguay**||Turkey|
|Dominican Republic||Liechtenstein||Poland||United Kingdom|
Please note that Mongolia and the Philippines are eligible to participate in the H-2B program but not the H-2A program. Conversely, Paraguay is eligible to participate in the H-2A program but not the H-2B program.
This announcement does not affect the status of H-2 beneficiaries who are currently in the United States unless they apply to extend their stay in H-2 status based on a petition filed on or after the date of publication of the Federal Register Notice. Each country’s designation is valid from November 9, 2023, until November 8, 2024.
We hope this information is helpful to you. As always, we are committed to keeping you informed about the latest developments in immigration policy. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re here to help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.haymanwoodward.com to discuss your plans with one of our legal professionals.