USCIS Adds 16 Countries to H-2A/H-2B Participation List

December 3, 2015 Jamie Gilpin

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expanded the H-2A Temporary Agricultural and H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural visa programs. Beginning Jan. 18, nationals from 16 countries, including Andorra, Belgium, Brunei, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino, Singapore, Taiwan and Timor-Leste, will be eligible to apply for temporary work visa sponsorship.

Additionally, nationals of Moldova will no longer be eligible to apply for H-2B visas, as the country isn’t currently meeting the regulatory standards for participation. According to a notice published in the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State found a high occurrence of noncompliance among H-2B visa holders from Moldova. However, the country’s H-2A status remains valid.

While the list is updated annually, the DHS can make determinations regarding a country’s continued designation at any time.

H-2A/H-2B Participation List

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

*Moldova is designated to participate in the H-2A program, but it is not eligible to participate in the H-2B program.

In some cases, USCIS may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries that aren’t on the list, if the work placement is deemed to be in the interest of the United States.

Are you a foreign national or employer looking for H-2A or H-2B sponsorship assistance? Contact Envoy and one of our immigration representatives can help you get started.

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