The US has taken out the Philippines from the H-2B Visa Program list of eligible participating nations. This has been announced through a notice in the federal registrar on 18 January. In consultation with the State Department, the US Department of Homeland Security has assessed that the Philippines has a high rate of over-stay.
The notice adds that the agencies are worried regarding the high volume of people trafficking victims from this nation. These were originally offered the H-2B Visas, adds the notice. This decision can have a big impact on the US Construction sector. Majority of the overseas workers in the construction sector in the US are hired from the Philippines.
The notice does not impact the existing immigrants with H-2B Visas. The Government and local industry leaders have been battling the USICS in court for record rate of denials.
The H-2B Visa Program is for individuals who intend to work provisionally in the US. This is in seasonal jobs across the nation, as quoted by the KUAM.
You can apply for the H-2B Visa if you intend to arrive at the US for working in specific roles. This could be in a restaurant, theme parks, hospitality, on a cruise ship or as a ski instructor.
Some of the Work/jobs under the H-2B Visa Program include:
Retail Stores, Warehouse, Restaurants, and bars, Ride Operators, Security, Water parks, Golf Courses, Landscaping, Ski Resorts, Janitorial, Maintenance, Construction workers, Cruise ships, Ticket Sales, Resorts and Theme Parks, Chefs, Hotels / Motels, and Hospitality workers.
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