Immigration Law

DHS Notice: H-2 Visa Program Country List (Jan. 18, 2019)

Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 13 / Friday, January 18, 2019

"Under Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may generally only approve petitions for H–2A and H–2B nonimmigrant status for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, has designated by notice published in the Federal Register. That notice must be renewed each year. This notice announces that the Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, is identifying 84 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2A program and 81 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H–2B program for the coming year. DATES: This designations in this notice are effective from January 19, 2019, and shall be without effect after January 18, 2020."