Jamaica among five Caribbean countries to participate in US visa work scheme
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the US Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Department of State, have listed Jamaica among five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries 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 American employers to bring foreign nationals to the US 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 programmes.
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.