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DHS removes Belize, Haiti and Samoa from countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 18, 2018

    DHS updates the list of countries approved for H-2A and H-2B temporary worker visas by eliminating Belize, Haiti, and Samoa. By regulation, USCIS can issue H-2A and H-2B visas only to nationals from countries that the Secretary of DHS, in consultation with the Department of State, has deemed eligible for the program. Criteria include the country's overall participation in the U.S. immigration system, including its willingness to accept noncitizens who are ordered removed. The updated country list also adds Mongolia. [ID #496]

    Federal Register Notice: Identification of Foreign Countries Whose Nationals Are Eligible To Participate in the H–2A and H–2B Nonimmigrant Worker Programs
  2. Effective Date

    January 18, 2018

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Agencies Affected: USCIS

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