Obama will host Hadi on Thursday. The White House says Obama will underscore U.S. efforts to improve Yemen's democracy and support its development.
In May, Obama lifted a ban on transfers of Guantanamo Bay detainees to Yemen. Most detainees eligible for transfer are Yemeni.
On counterterrorism, the talks are sure to include al-Qaida in Yemen, which the Obama administration considers al-Qaida's most active and dangerous branch.
Hadi's visit comes just days after pardoning a journalist jailed for three years on charges of helping al-Qaida. Obama had opposed his release.