Haitian Citizens Blocked From Receiving Temporary Work Visas

The Department of Homeland Security is blocking Haitians from temporary visas.

It removes Haiti from a list of eligible countries for the H-2A agricultural and H-2B non-agricultural temporary permits.

The announcement read: "The Secretary of Homeland Security has determined ... with the concurrence of the Secretary of State, that the following countries should no longer be designated as eligible countries because they are not meeting the standards set out in the regulation: Belize, Haiti, and Samoa".

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Haiti was not the only foreign country barred from using the H-2B and H-2A visa programs.

Between October 2015 and September 2016, 65 Haitians were allowed into the USA with seasonal farmworker visas.

Immigrant rights group are upset over a decision by The Trump administration to bar people from Haiti from applying for guest worker visas.

"I love the people". There has been a tremendous benefit from Haitian migrants to the United States, including on this particular visa.

"Haitian farmworkers on the H-2A visa that I have studied in Alabama added $4,000 to the USA economy per worker, per month", Clemens said.

The H2A visa allows seasonal workers for agriculture and the H2B is given to those for non-agricultural work such as resorts. There's a tremendous warmth. Haiti was added to the list of countries whose residents are eligible to apply for the visas after a 2010 natural disaster devastated the country.

'And they're very hard-working people'. The Virginia-based consulting firm ran a pilot program to bring Haitians to the United States on the visas, the news service reported. DHS added Haitians who entered on H-2B visas were too low to record.

'We saw it as an opportunity to help Haiti rebuild after the natural disaster'.

When he was approached by PTP to participate in the program, he agreed. They worked hard, you see a smile on their face every day, ' said Hegeman, who as the child of a missionary was born and largely raised in the Dominican Republic, which neighbors Haiti. Other temporary work visas require higher levels of skill and education.

  • Joey Payne