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FAST FACTS: Filipinos in the US

03:52 AM January 23, 2019

Here are some figures relating to Filipinos in the United States.

66,000: Annual cap set by the US Congress on the number of temporary workers allowed to stay in the United States.

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3 years: Length that a worker holding an H-2A or H-2B nonimmigrant visa can stay in the United States. US Homeland Security reported that nearly 40 percent of H-2B visa holders from the Philippines overstayed.

204,137: Nonimmigrant visas issued to Filipinos by the US Embassy in Manila in 2018.

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129,383: Temporary Filipino migrants in the United States in 2013, according to latest data from Commission on Filipino Overseas website. They are defined as documented Filipino workers, whose stay in the US is for at least six months.

271,000: Irregular Filipino migrants, or those who do not have valid residence or work permits in the United States, in 2013.

84: Countries whose nationals are eligible to seek temporary agricultural jobs in the US under the H-2A program effective
Jan. 19 to Jan. 18, 2020

81: Countries whose nationals are eligible to seek temporary nonagricultural jobs in the United States under the H-2B program effective Jan. 19 to Jan. 18, 2020

3: Countries, namely the Philippines, Dominican Republic (H-2B only) and Ethiopia, which were removed from the list of eligible countries for nonimmigrant visas

3: Countries, namely Mozambique, Paraguay (H-2A only) and Samoa, which were added to the list of eligible countries for nonimmigrant visas

–Inquirer Research

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