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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
  4. Biden Administration Action: Modified

    November 10, 2021

    DHS re-designates Haiti to H-2A and H-2B eligible country list

    The Secretary of Homeland Security has also determined, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that Haiti should be designated as an eligible country to participate in the H-2A and H-2B non-immigrant visa programs because the participation of the country is in the U.S. interest consistent with the regulations governing these programs. Belize and Samoa remain excluded from the list.

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Current Status

Partially in effect
November 10, 2021
Acted on by Biden Administration

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