By Marivir R. Montebon
New York – The Philippines continues to be delisted from the USCIS’s H-2A and H-2B Visa program for 2020, the Federal Register reported on January 17, 2020.
The USCIS and the Department of Homeland Security, with the concurrence of the Department of State, reserve the right to exclude countries from its Visa programs due to 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.
In 2019, the Philippines was delisted from the H-2A and H-2B visa program due to its high volume of human trafficking cases wherein Filipinos received the most no. of T visas. Forty percent of Filipinos holding H-2A visas were known to overstay their visas, the Federal Register noted. Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic were likewise excluded last year.
The USCIS and DHS have decided to continue to exclude the Philippines for this year along with Ethiopia. The DR was included in the list to receive H-2A and H-2B for 2020.
H-2A and H-2B visas are for agricultural and non-agricultural (entertainment, hotel and service industries) temporary guest workers.
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