H2A And H2B Visa Program Update: USCIS Announces List Of Eligible Countries For 2018

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:

Andorra Argentina
Australia Austria
Barbados Belgium
Brazil Brunei
Bulgaria Canada
Chile Colombia
Costa Rica Croatia
Czech Republic Denmark
Dominican Republic Ecuador
El Salvador Estonia
Ethiopia Fiji
Finland France
Germany Greece
Grenada Guatemala
Honduras Hungary
Iceland Ireland
Israel Italy
Jamaica Japan
Kiribati Latvia
Lichtenstein Lithuania
Luxembourg Macedonia
Madagascar Malta
(H-2A program only)
Monaco Mongolia
Montenegro Nauru
The Netherlands Nicaragua
New Zealand Norway
Panama Papua New Guinea
Peru The Philippines
Poland Portugal
Romania San Marino
Serbia Singapore
Slovakia Slovenia
Solomon Islands South Africa
South Korea Spain
St. Vincent and the Grenadines Sweden
Switzerland Taiwan
Thailand Timor-Leste
Tonga Turkey
Tuvalu Ukraine
United Kingdom Uruguay

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.

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