WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) –Two Caricom countries are among six new countries whose nationals have become eligible to participate in agricultural and non-agricultural programmes in the United States this year.
The Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, said St Lucia and Haiti will be allowed to participate in the H-2A and H-2B visa programs in the coming year.
It said that apart from the two CARICOM countries, the others are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, the Dominican Republic and Mauritius.
The notice listing the eligible countries is to be published in the Federal Register on Wednesday.
“The Department of Homeland Security is committed to working with our interagency partners to ensure that companies in the United States can fill temporary or seasonal jobs for which US workers are not available,” said Secretary Alejandro N Mayorkas.
“Adding these six new countries will enable their nationals to apply for temporary work in the United States,” he added.
The H-2A programme allows US employers or US agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs, while the H-2B programme allows employers or agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary non-agricultural jobs.