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USCIS Announces 63 Countries Eligible to Participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today announced the Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, has added Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year. The notice listing the 63 eligible countries published January 17, 2014 in the Federal Register.  

The H-2A and H-2B Visa programs allow U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and nonagricultural jobs, respectively. Generally, USCIS only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs.  USCIS may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.

Effective Jan. 18, 2014, nationals of the following 63 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs:

Argentina

Fiji

Mexico

Slovakia

Australia

Grenada

Moldova

Slovenia

Austria

Guatemala

Montenegro

Solomon Islands

Barbados

Haiti

Nauru

South Africa

Belize

Honduras

The Netherlands

South Korea

Brazil

Hungary

Nicaragua

Spain

Bulgaria

Iceland

New Zealand

Switzerland

Canada

Ireland

Norway

Thailand

Chile

Israel

Panama

Tonga

Costa Rica

Italy

Papua New Guinea

Turkey

Croatia

Jamaica

Peru

Tuvalu

Dominican Republic

Japan

The Philippines

Ukraine

Ecuador

Kiribati

Poland

United Kingdom

El Salvador

Latvia

Romania

Uruguay

Estonia

Lithuania

Samoa

Vanuatu

Ethiopia

Macedonia

Serbia

 

This notice does not affect the status of beneficiaries who currently are in the United States in H-2A or H-2B status unless they apply to change or extend their status.  Each country’s designation is valid for one year from January 18, 2014.

For more information on USCIS and its programs please visit www.uscis.gov.   

Last Reviewed/Updated: 01/17/2014