Statement: On the Issue of the H-2A and H-2B Visas
22 January 2019 – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reminds Filipinos abroad, particularly those in the United States, to follow immigration rules and avoid staying beyond what is allowed in their visas.
The Department issues this reminder in view of the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove the Philippines from its list of countries eligible for the H-2A and H-2B visas.
As visa issuances are a country’s prerogative, the DFA notes the concerns that led the DHS to arrive at its decision. Nonetheless, the Philippines is open to the possibility of working with the United States in addressing these issues, as it has previously done so with similar concerns involving the Filipino Community there.
The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C., along with the other Philippine Consulates General in the U.S., will continue to extend appropriate assistance to all its nationals pursuant to law. END