The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, in consultation with the State Department, announced over the weekend that workers from the Philippines are no longer allowed to seek employment in the United States under H-2B and H-2A work visas.
Guam’s main source of foreign labor for decades has been the Philippines.
DHS’s notice on the ban on workers from the Philippines went into effect Jan. 19, the department stated in a notice on the Federal Register.
It continues for a year.
H-2B visas have been the path to bringing in workers from the Philippines for construction jobs and for certain workers in the health care field. H-2A visas are for agricultural workers.