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Countries Eligible For H-2A & H-2B Visas Recently Announced By DHS

Countries eligible for H-2A & H-2B Visas recently announced by DHS

On November 10, 2021, DHS announced the countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in both the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.

United States (U.S.) employers may petition for skilled or unskilled foreign workers to meet temporary or seasonal needs in positions for which qualified U.S. workers are not available. The H-2 nonimmigrant classifications include H-2A for agricultural workers and H-2B for non-agricultural workers. The designation is effective from November 10, 2021, to November 10, 2022.

DHS considers several factors when deciding which countries to include for eligibility, including the country’s cooperation in receiving its citizens who are subject to a final order of removal from the U.S., and the number of orders of removal executed against nationals of that country. While the reasons to remove a country from the list include fraud, abuse, visa denial rates, overstay rates, human trafficking concerns, and noncompliance with H-2A and H-2B terms and conditions by nationals of that country, as well as evidence of economic impact on U.S. industries or regions resulting from the inclusion or exclusion of specific countries.

Nationals of the following countries are eligible to receive H-2A and H-2B visas:

H-2A Nonimmigrant Worker Program H-2B nonimmigrant Worker Program
1. Andorra

2. Argentina

3. Australia

4. Austria

5. Barbados

6. Belgium

7. Brazil

8. Brunei

9. Bulgaria

10. Canada

11. Chile

12. Colombia

13. Costa Rica

14. Croatia

15. Czech Republic

16. Denmark

17. Dominican Republic

18. Ecuador

19. El Salvador

20. Estonia

21. Fiji

22. Finland

23. France

24. Germany

25. Greece

26. Grenada

27. Guatemala

28. Honduras

29. Hungary

30. Iceland

31. Ireland

32. Israel

33. Italy

34. Jamaica

35. Japan

36. Kiribati

37. Latvia

38. Liechtenstein

39. Lithuania

40. Luxembourg

41. Madagascar

42. Malta

43. Mexico

44. Moldova

45. Monaco

46. Montenegro

47. Mozambique

48. Nauru

49. The Netherlands

50. New Zealand

51. Nicaragua

52. North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia)

53. Norway

54. Panama

55. Papua New Guinea

56. Paraguay

57. Peru

58. Poland

59. Portugal

60. Romania

61. San Marino

62. Serbia

63. Singapore

64. Slovakia

65. Slovenia

66. Solomon Islands

67. South Africa

68. South Korea

69. Spain

70. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

71. Sweden

72. Switzerland

73. Taiwan

74. Thailand

75. Timor-Leste

76. Turkey

77. Tuvalu

78. Ukraine

79. United Kingdom

80. Uruguay

81. Vanuatu

1. Andorra

2. Argentina

3. Australia

4. Austria

5. Barbados

6. Belgium

7. Brazil

8. Brunei

9. Bulgaria

10. Canada

11. Chile

12. Colombia

13. Costa Rica

14. Croatia

15. Czech Republic

16. Denmark

17. Ecuador

18. El Salvador

19. Estonia

20. Fiji

21. Finland

22. France

23. Germany

24. Greece

25. Grenada

26. Guatemala

27. Honduras

28. Hungary

29. Iceland

30. Ireland

31. Israel

32. Italy

33. Jamaica

34. Japan

35. Kiribati

36. Latvia

37. Liechtenstein

38. Lithuania

39. Luxembourg

40. Madagascar

41. Malta

42. Mexico

43. Monaco

44. Mongolia

45. Montenegro

46. Mozambique

47. Nauru

48. The Netherlands

49. New Zealand

50. Nicaragua

51. North Macedonia (formerly Macedonia)

52. Norway

53. Panama

54. Papua New Guinea

55. Peru

56. Philippines

57. Poland

58. Portugal

59. Romania

60. San Marino

61. Serbia

62. Singapore

63. Slovakia

64. Slovenia

65. Solomon Islands

66. South Africa

67. South Korea

68. Spain

69. St. Vincent and the Grenadines

70. Sweden

71. Switzerland

72. Taiwan

73. Thailand

74. Timor-Leste

75. Turkey

76. Tuvalu

77. Ukraine

78. United Kingdom

79. Uruguay

80. Vanuatu

 

We encourage clients to consult with experienced immigration attorneys if they qualify and on how to apply for these programs.

For further assistance, feel free to contact our office at 954-306-6921.

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