The U.S. Geological Survey of 2021 excluded helium from its critical mineral list in early 2021. This will last for the next 3 years, which is when the next revision is to take place. The USGS's main arguments behind removal of this inert gas were that it did not meet the quantitative threshold nor the single point of failure (SPOF) criteria.
USGS rationale behind removal of helium from Critical Mineral List
Updated: May 9, 2022