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:

AndorraArgentina
AustraliaAustria
BarbadosBelgium
BrazilBrunei
BulgariaCanada
ChileColombia
Costa RicaCroatia
Czech RepublicDenmark
Dominican RepublicEcuador
El SalvadorEstonia
EthiopiaFiji
FinlandFrance
GermanyGreece
GrenadaGuatemala
HondurasHungary
IcelandIreland
IsraelItaly
JamaicaJapan
KiribatiLatvia
LichtensteinLithuania
LuxembourgMacedonia
MadagascarMalta
Moldova
(H-2A program only)
Mexico
MonacoMongolia
MontenegroNauru
The NetherlandsNicaragua
New ZealandNorway
PanamaPapua New Guinea
PeruThe Philippines
PolandPortugal
RomaniaSan Marino
SerbiaSingapore
SlovakiaSlovenia
Solomon IslandsSouth Africa
South KoreaSpain
St. Vincent and the GrenadinesSweden
SwitzerlandTaiwan
ThailandTimor-Leste
TongaTurkey
TuvaluUkraine
United KingdomUruguay
Vanuatu

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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