Agricultural

H-2A Visas

Have you tried to find and hire local labor but found that American agriculture workers have dried up? You’re not alone. The H-2A guest worker program is what you need to help keep your farm operations up and going, and to avoid potential losses for the next season.

The H-2A Visa program is designed to provide American farmers with a reliable, efficient and legal way to keep up with the demand of farm labor needs with temporary visa workers.

Presently, there are a limited number of H2-A applications every year and that means you need to ensure your applications are complete, accurate and on time to have the best chance for and highest rate of application approval possible. It’s the best shot you have at getting the agricultural labor you need. But, it’s a time consuming process … that you honestly don’t have time for.

If you need H-2A employees, let us help with your H-2A Visa applications and have peace of mind that you’ll have one of the best chances for success possible.

At Labor Consultants International, we have decades of experience with the H-2A visa process, and have one of the highest application approval rates in the nation. We know the ins and out of legally hiring foreign workers.

How The H-2A Process Works

After we have spoken with you to determine the most accurate job description for your work, we then will help you with the following steps:

  1. Tap the local U.S. market to prove we are not displacing our local job seekers.
  2. Pursue certification of the requested visas through the Department of Labor.
  3. Get Certified!
  4. Petition for the requested visas from United States Citizenship & Immigration.
  5. Approval from United States Citizenship & Immigration.
  6. You now can bring guest workers across the border of your chosen country(ies) and have them issued visas!

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H-2A Visa Program Details

This program is for nonimmigrant foreigners to perform temporary or seasonal work in agriculture.

Program Description

This program allows agriculture employers wishing to hire foreign agriculture laborers on a temporary or seasonal basis to get workers from outside the U.S.

Regulations

Immigration and Nationality Act as amended by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Department of Labor regulations at 20 CFR, Part 655, Subpart B.

Who May Apply

An agriculture employer who anticipates a shortage of U.S workers to perform agriculture labor of a temporary or seasonal nature.

Validity Period

Temporary means agricultural employment performed (usually on a one-time occurrence) for a limited time period of less that one year when the employer can show that the need for the alien worker(s) is truly temporary. Seasonal means agriculture employment performed at certain seasons of the year.

Conditions To Be Satisfied

The following specific conditions must be met by an employer who files an application for temporary alien labor certification pursuant to H2A regulations:

Recruitment: The employer must agree to engage in independent positive recruitment of U.S. workers. This means an active effort, including newspaper and radio advertising in the areas of expected labor supply.

Wage Rate: The wage or rate of pay must be the same for U.S. workers and H2A workers. The hourly rate must also be at least as high as the applicable Adverse Effect Wage Rate, Federal or State minimum wage or the applicable prevailing hourly wage rate, whichever is higher. If the worker is paid on a piece rate basis and the piece rate does not result in an hourly piece rate earning during the period at least equal to the amount the worker would have earned had the worker been paid at the hourly rate, then the workers pay must be supplemented to the equivalent hourly level.

Housing: The employer must provide free housing to all workers who are not reasonably able to return to their residences the same day. Such housing must be inspected and approved according to standards established by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Meals: The employer must provide either three meals a day to each worker or furnish free and convenient cooking and kitchen facilities for workers to prepare their own meals. If meals are provided, then the employer may charge each worker a certain amount per day for the three meals.

Transportation: The employer is responsible for the following type of transportation of workers: (1) After the worker has completed fifty percent of the work contract period, the employer must reimburse the worker the cost of transportation and subsistence from the place of recruitment to the place of work, if such costs were borne by the worker. (2) The employer must provide free transportation between the employers housing and the worksite for any worker who is provided housing. (3) Upon completion of the work contract, the employer must pay reasonable costs of the workers subsistence and return transportation cost to foreign workers or provide transportation. The employer must advance such costs or provide transportation to U.S. workers as well.

Workers Compensation Insurance: The employer must provide either Workers Compensation Insurance or insurance coverage equivalent to Workers Compensation Insurance, for all workers. Proof of insurance must be provided before certification is granted.

Tools and Supplies: The employer must provide, at no cost to the worker, all tools and supplies necessary to carry out the work, unless it is common practice in the area and occupation for the worker to provide certain items.

Three-fourths Guarantee: The employer must guarantee to offer each worker employment for at least three-fourths of the workdays in the work contract period and any extensions. If the employer affords less employment, then the employer must pay the amount which the worker would have earned had the worker been employed the guaranteed number of days.

Fifty Percent Rule: The employer must agree to hire any qualified and eligible U.S. worker who applies for a job until fifty percent of the period, or the work contract, has elapsed.

Labor Dispute: The employer must assure that the job opportunity for which H2A certification is being requested is not vacant because the former occupant is on strike or is being locked out in the course of a labor dispute.

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