Five CARICOM countries eligible to participate in US work programmes

Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica will participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes

WASHINGTON (CMC) – The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, have announced that five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programmes for the coming year.

The US agencies said Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Haiti and Jamaica will participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes that allow US employers to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural and non-agricultural jobs.

The Dominican Republic is the other Caribbean country on the list.

The Czech Republic, Denmark, Madagascar, Portugal and Sweden have also been added to the list of countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the programmes in the New Year.

USCIS said it only approves H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate in the programs.

USCIS said it may approve H-2A and H-2B petitions for nationals of countries not on the list “if it is determined to be in the interest of the United States.”

Effective January 18, 2015, nationals of the 68 countries are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B Visa programmes.

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