The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with the Department of State, has revealed the list of countries whose citizens will be eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B temporary visa programs next year. This information is crucial for employers and foreign workers seeking opportunities in the United States.
Significant Changes in the Eligible Countries List
Since November 9th, the Secretary of Homeland Security, in conjunction with the Secretary of State, has decided to include Bolivia in the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs. This update represents a significant opportunity for Bolivian citizens seeking temporary employment in the United States.
It is essential to note that DHS retains the authority to adjust these lists at any time by publishing a Federal Register Notice. This adjustment can occur if it is determined that a country does not meet the established requirements.
H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs: What Do They Mean for Applicants?
The H-2A and H-2B visa programs are crucial for allowing U.S. employers to hire foreign workers for temporary jobs, both in the agricultural sector and other non-agricultural sectors. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) generally approves petitions from countries designated as eligible by the Secretary of Homeland Security.
However, there are exceptional cases where USCIS may approve petitions for nationals of countries not included in the list if it is determined that this benefits the United States.
Important Considerations and Key Dates
This notification does not affect the status of H-2 beneficiaries currently in the United States unless they are applying for an extension after the publication date in the Federal Register. Additionally, it is clarified that the designation of each country is valid from November 9, 2023, to November 8, 2024.
For detailed information on these programs and how to apply, it is recommended to visit the official websites of the entities responsible for these procedures.
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