H2A Visa

H2A Visa Exemption Removed for Certain Caribbean Agricultural Workers

On February 4, 2016, the Department of State (DOS), in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published an interim final rule in the Federal Register [81 FR 5906, 2/4/16] which will require a passport and visa for certain nationals from the Caribbean who are entering the United States in H2A status. This rule will take effect on February 19, 2016. It will affect British, French, and Netherlands nationals and nationals of Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, who have their residence in British, French, or Netherlands territory located in the adjacent islands of the Caribbean area or in Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, Jamaica, or Trinidad and Tobago who are seeking to enter the United States in H2A status or as derivatives of a principal H2A agricultural worker.