Now the citizens of Austria, Italy, Panama and Thailand are eligible to apply for US temporary worker visas. UU
Every year, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) updates the list of eligible countries to apply for H-2A temporary agricultural worker visas and temporary non-farm worker H-2B visas. The inclusion of Austria, Italy, Panama and Thailand focused on an assessment by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
In a letter posted on the Federal Register website, DHS Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson wrote that the history of citizens’ use of the H-2A and H-2B program was taken into account, as well as “evidence related to the economic impact on specific EE regions or industries. UU resulting from the inclusion or continued exclusion of certain countries. “
DHS and the Department of State annually evaluate the list of countries that have received approval, which began in 2008 with only 28 countries. These determine which countries to add, maintain or eliminate from participation in the programs.
While the list is a guide, it is not exhaustive. Johnson noted: “USCIS can approve requests for H-2A and H-2B visas for citizens of countries that * are * not on the list if it is determined to be convenient for EE. UU. “
With the latest update, which was published in January, the green light for temporary worker visas H-2A and H-2B extends to a total of 63 countries. Visas apply to citizens who perform temporary or seasonal work. Seasonal work usually means that employment lasts less than a year. Temporary work usually means that employment lasts less than three years.
In the letter from the Federal Register, Johnson also stated that the notice on the list “does not affect the status of foreigners who currently have a valid H-2A or H-2B nonimmigrant status.” However, he added that requests for extension of stay in the H-2 classifications or change of condition H-2 to something else are affected by the warning.
You can see the complete list of countries included in the nonimmigrant visa programs here .