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USCIS Announces 63 Countries Whose Nationals are Eligible for H-2A and H-2B Participation
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USCIS has announced that Austria, Italy, Panama, and Thailand have been added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs for the coming year.

Effective January 18, 2014, nationals of the following countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programs. Each country’s designation is valid for one year from January 18, 2014.

Argentina Australia Austria
Barbados Belize Brazil
Bulgaria Canada Chile
Costa Rica Croatia Dominican Republic
Ecuador El Salvador Estonia
Ethiopia Fiji Grenada
Guatemala Haiti Honduras
Hungary Iceland Ireland
Israel Italy Jamaica
Japan Kiribati Latvia
Lithuania Macedonia Mexico
Moldova Montenegro Nauru
The Netherlands Nicaragua New Zealand
Norway Panama Papua New Guinea
Peru The Philippines Poland
Romania Samoa Serbia
Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands
South Africa South Korea Spain
Switzerland Thailand Tonga
Turkey Tuvalu Ukraine
United Kingdom Uruguay Vanuatu

The notification, however, does not 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.

Note: While generally, USCIS only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries designated as eligible to participate in the programs, it may also 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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