US Cancels Haitian Eligibility For Temp Worker Visas

Marsha Scott
January 20, 2018

The Trump administration has removed Haiti from a list of countries whose citizens are allowed to apply for low-skill work in the USA through seasonal or temporary visas.

The department announced in a regulatory filing that starting Thursday, Haiti, Belize, and Samoa would be removed from the list of more than 80 countries whose citizens can apply for H-2A and H-2B visas, which are often used by seasonal farm or hotel workers, includingat Trump's properties.

"Haiti has shown no improvement in these areas, and the Secretary of Homeland Security has determined, with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that Haiti's inclusion on the 2018 H-2A and H-2B lists is no longer in the US interest", DHS said.

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This year, DHS designating 83 nations as eligible for the H-2A and 82 eligible for the H-2B. Those visas are given out for seasonal or temporary jobs.

This is not the first immigration measure taken by the Trump administration that affects Haitians.

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'I love the people.

Haitian activists are concerned the federal government's notice was unusually delayed and only posted four days before their work authorization expires, causing problems with employment, travel and immigrants' dealings with other agencies. The number of Haitians entering in 2016 on H-2B visas, which are for non-agricultural seasonal work, was more than zero but too low to report, according to DHS. "There's a tremendous warmth", Trump said. Haiti was added to the list of countries whose residents are eligible to apply for the visas after a 2010 quake devastated the country. "And they're very hard-working people", he said.

DHS's reason to ban Haitians from the visas does not hold up.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has released details about the next steps for about 60,000 Haitians to renew immigration benefits under a program the Trump administration is ending next year.

'We saw it as an opportunity to help Haiti rebuild after the quake'. Within a three-month period, they went through 300 people for eight positions, he said.

'These guys were awesome. 'We had zero visa overstays'. Other temporary work visas require higher levels of skill and education.

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