USCIS has published the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to receive H-2A and H‑2B visas in 2018.
Some of the notable changes in the list are:
- Mongolia has been added to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.
- Belize, Haiti, and Samoa are no longer listed as eligible countries for the H-2A and H-2B visa programs.
Effective January 18, 2018, nationals of the following countries are eligible to receive H-2A and H‑2B visas:
(H-2A program only)
|Panama||Papua New Guinea|
|Solomon Islands||South Africa|
|St. Vincent and the Grenadines||Sweden|
Each country’s designation is valid for one year from January 18, 2018.
It should be noted that the Department of Homeland Security has the right to add countries to the eligible countries list at any time, or remove any country at any time. USCIS may also approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list on a case-by-case basis if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.