Filipinos can now again apply for H-2B visas after the US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the lifting of a ban set a year ago.
“For 2021, the acting secretary of homeland security and the secretary of state have agreed to… Add the Philippines to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2B program,” a statement on the USCIS website. << >>
The ban was imposed in January 2020 over concerns of “severe” overstaying and human trafficking.
According to the USCIS, “The H-2B program allows U.S. employers or U.S. agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary nonagricultural jobs.”
However, the country is still not cleared for applications for a H-2A visa, which is meant for temporary agricultural work.
Other types of visas remain available to Filipinos.
The US Department of Homeland Security said it has the authority to modify the list of countries who are eligible for the programs any time.
” Examples of factors that could result in the exclusion of a country or the removal of a country from the list include fraud, abuse, denial rates, overstay rates, human trafficking concerns, and other forms of noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the H-2 visa programs by nationals of that country that are contrary to U.S. interest,” it said.