DHS Announces Updated Eligible Countries for H-2A and H-2B Visa Programs

In a recent announcement, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) have unveiled the updated list of countries eligible for participation in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs for the upcoming year. Effective from November 9, 2023, to November 8, 2024, Bolivia has been added to this roster, broadening the pool of nations whose nationals can apply for these temporary work visas.

The H-2A and H-2B programs are instrumental for U.S. employers seeking to fill temporary roles in both agricultural and nonagricultural sectors with foreign workers. However, it's important to note that a country's eligibility remains subject to change based on factors such as compliance issues, visa overstay rates, fraud, or abuse.

It's crucial for both employers and prospective employees to stay updated on these developments, as eligibility changes could impact their ability to participate in these visa programs. Current beneficiaries of the H-2 visas within the United States won't be affected unless seeking an extension post the publication date.

At PPID, our experienced immigration law experts are equipped to guide you through these evolving changes and assist in acquiring the necessary visas for the H-2A and H-2B programs, ensuring a smooth and compliant process for employers and individuals seeking temporary work opportunities in the United States.

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