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USA stops issuing new H-2A/H-2B work visas to Filipinos

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US stops issuing new H-2A/H-2B work visas to Filipinos

MANILA (UPDATE) - The United States Department of Homeland Security has removed Filipinos’ eligibility to obtain certain H-2A and H-2B work visas for 1 year, citing “severe” overstaying and human trafficking concerns.

H-2A visas are given to foreign agricultural workers in the US, while H-2B visas are granted to non-agriculture workers.

“Nearly 40 percent of H-2B visa holders from the Philippines overstayed their period of authorized stay,” the US Federal Register said in a statement, citing data from 2017.

The ban is effective from January 19, 2019 to January 18, 2020.

In its notice published in the Federal Register, the Department of Homeland Security said the US Embassy Manila issued the "greatest number of T-derivative visas (T-2, T-3, T-4, T-5, T-6), which are reserved for certain family members of principal T-1 nonimmigrants (certain victims of a severe form of trafficking in persons). U.S. Embassy Manila issued approximately 40 percent of the total T-derivative visas issued worldwide from FY 2014-2016."

"A recent review of certain T-1 status recipients, whose spouses were issued T-2 visas during this same period, shows that approximately 60 percent were determined to have been trafficked to the United States on H-2B visas," the DHS added.

The DHS said it was “concerned about the high volume of trafficking victims from the Philippines who were originally issued H-2B visas and the potential that continued H-2B visa issuance may encourage or serve as an avenue for future human trafficking from the Philippines.”

Ethiopia and the Dominican Republic were also removed from the list of nationalities eligible to work in the US.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Palace respects the DHS’ decision, noting it is within the US’ sovereignty to revoke such privileges.

He, however, said Manila may appeal this decision if it finds it unjustifiable. He added, the Palace will let the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and the Philippine Embassy in the US to handle the matter.

“If that is the law in the US, and there are violations, then we will need to respect. We will only react if our workers are being mistreated, maltreated,” Panelo said in a Palace press briefing.

“We need to know whether there is basis for the decision. If there is none, we can ask for reconsideration.”

https://news.abs-cbn.com/overseas/01/22/19/us-removes-philippines-from-h-2ah-2b-eligibility-list

 

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RangerUp

US Suspends Filipino Work Visas Until And Unless Palace Allows Americans To Purchase Real Estate In The Philippines.

just a thought...

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musicman666

I notiiced some Filipinos are now saying in that case the philippines should no longer allow Americans to work here ...lol.

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RangerUp
3 minutes ago, musicman666 said:

I notiiced some Filipinos are now saying in that case the philippines should no longer allow Americans to work here ...lol.

lol indeed.

Filipinos want to make money in the US, Americans want to spend money (and purchase real estate) in the RP.  Have both, or have neither.

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NigelandMJ
1 hour ago, Salty Dog said:

“We need to know whether there is basis for the decision. If there is none, we can ask for reconsideration.”

“Nearly 40 percent of H-2B visa holders from the Philippines overstayed their period of authorized stay,” the US Federal Register said in a statement, citing data from 2017.

1 hour ago, Salty Dog said:

"A recent review of certain T-1 status recipients, whose spouses were issued T-2 visas during this same period, shows that approximately 60 percent were determined to have been trafficked to the United States on H-2B visas," the DHS added.

Did no one read the reasons for the action? Seems standard for the Philippines! They know better !.............................With zero data.

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shadow
11 minutes ago, NigelandMJ said:

“Nearly 40 percent of H-2B visa holders from the Philippines overstayed their period of authorized stay,” the US Federal Register said in a statement, citing data from 2017.

Did no one read the reasons for the action? Seems standard for the Philippines! They know better !.............................With zero data.

LOL, they only hear what they want to hear.

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musicman666

they love using that word here .... any problem no matter how bad can be solved by reconsideration.

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RangerUp
9 minutes ago, musicman666 said:

they love using that word here .... any problem no matter how bad can be solved by reconsideration.

if you have the requirements...

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CardiacKid

I have long been an advocate of reciprocity. Your citizens in the U.S. should have exactly the same privileges as U.S. citizens have in your country. Could you see the uproar that would cause? 

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SkyMan
12 hours ago, Salty Dog said:

we can ask for reconsideration.”

I'm sure the have a round file set up for reconsideration requests.

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shadow
2 hours ago, SkyMan said:

I'm sure the have a round file set up for reconsideration requests.

They don't need to make a request for reconsideration, they just go TNT with the original 40%!

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SkyMan
20 hours ago, shadow said:

They don't need to make a request for reconsideration, they just go TNT with the original 40%!

This ban is on new requests. I don't know if it affects renewals or extensions. I was referring to requests for reconsideration from the RP Gov't. 

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Jack Rat
4 hours ago, SkyMan said:

This ban is on new requests. I don't know if it affects renewals or extensions. I was referring to requests for reconsideration from the RP Gov't. 

Maybe it could become reciprocal, hope you American guys have got a plan "B"? 

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fred42
15 minutes ago, Jack Rat said:

Maybe it could become reciprocal, hope you American guys have got a plan "B"? 

What do you mean? Hand in our lucrative employment visas here?

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RedRanger
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On ‎1‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 11:39 AM, CardiacKid said:

I have long been an advocate of reciprocity. Your citizens in the U.S. should have exactly the same privileges as U.S. citizens have in your country. Could you see the uproar that would cause? 

Good luck on that one

 

Try to get a job in Philippines that needs a professional license, example like a nurse. We only have tons of Philiippines nurses in the USA, however you can't even sit for the Philippines nursing licenses board unless you are a citizen of Philippines.

 

Double Standards in my opinion......

 

 

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