Good news to all Filipinos who are hoping to apply for the H-2B visas in the United States.

According to reports, the Philippines was added back to the list of countries who are allowed to participate in the ‘temporary non-immigrant working visa program.’

“For 2021, the acting secretary of homeland security and secretary of state have agreed to… add the Philippines to the list of countries eligible to participate in the H-2B program,” says in the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website.

The said announcement was made following the taking over of Joe Biden in the highest political position in the United States. As of January 19, 2021, all US employers will be allowed to take foreign nationals to the US and fill out temporary non-agricultural jobs.

Meanwhile, the country is yet to open its doors to Filipinos who want to participate in the H-2a program, particularly aimed at temporary agricultural work.

According to an immigration lawyer in US, Lou Tancinco, the lifting of the ban has the perfect timing because the DHS will have military projects in Guam and this will need more manpower.

Tancinco also added that those who are interested in the said program must only contact valid job contractors that will help them qualify for the visa program.

“So maybe they can inquire about valid US employers who are offering jobs in that area. Just make sure that the prospective US employer has a valid approved visa petition by the USCIS before applying,” says Tancinco.

It can be recalled that in January 2019, a ban was imposed to Filipinos under H-2A and H-2B visas because of the rising number of human trafficking and overstaying.




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