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USCIS Announces 58 Countries Whose Nationals are Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Participation
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USCIS has announced that the DHS has identified 58 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year. In addition to the 53 countries currently on the list, five countries, namely, Haiti, Iceland, Montenegro, Spain, and Switzerland, have been designated for the first time this year. Each country’s designation is valid for one year from the date of publication.

Effective January 18, 2012, nationals of the following 58 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs: 

Argentina

Australia

Barbados

Belize

Brazil

Bulgaria

Canada

Chile

Costa Rica

Croatia

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Estonia

Ethiopia

Fiji

Guatemala

Haiti

Honduras

Hungary

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Jamaica

Japan

Kiribati

Latvia

Lithuania

Macedonia

Mexico

Moldova

Montenegro

Nauru

The Netherlands

Nicaragua

New Zealand

Norway

Papua New Guinea

Peru

Philippines

Poland

Romania

Samoa

Serbia

Slovakia

Slovenia

Solomon Islands

South Africa

South Korea

Spain

Switzerland

Tonga

Turkey

Tuvalu

Ukraine

United Kingdom

Uruguay

Vanuatu

 

 


This new list does not immediately affect the status of beneficiaries who are currently in the United States in H-2A or H-2B status, unless they apply to change or extend their status. 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.


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