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DHS removes Mongolia, Samoa, and Tonga from countries eligible for H-2A and H-2B visas

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 13, 2021

    The Secretary of Homeland Security identifies 81 countries whose nationals are eligible for the H-2A program and 80 countries whose nationals are eligible for the H-2B program. This designation will become effective January 19, 2021 and last until January 18, 2022. The Secretary uses overstay rates and cooperation with removals as factors in making these designations. Mongolia, the Independent State of Samoa, and Tonga were removed from prior lists of eligible countries. The Philippines has been added to the H-2B eligible countries list. [ID #1281]

    Identification of foreign countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B nonimmigrant worker programs
  2. Effective Date

    January 19, 2021

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

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

Documents

Trump-Era Policy Documents

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