What is the H-2A Visa Program?

The U.S. Federal government’s H-2A non immigrant visa program allows for foreign nationals to enter the country and perform temporary or seasonal work on your farm when you are unable to find suitable US workers.  The program is generally limited to seasonal work on agricultural farms for up to 10 months.

How does the process work?

Farm Hands will handle all the following steps, saving you time and worry!

1) File a job order with the state workforce agency, announcing the need for workers.

2) Advertise for U.S. workers thru the state workforce agency, in classified ads or online recruiting sites. 

3) File application for foreign workers with the U.S. Department of Labor, along with the state certification. Obtain labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor, showing that you have advertised for U.S. workers and could not find any.  

4) Apply with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Service to hire foreign workers based on the labor certification. 

5) Upon approval from the U.S. Immigration Service, your foreign workers visit the U.S. consulate in their country to obtain a visa to enter the US and your employ. 

6) Arrange travel for the workers to your farm, planning with as much time as possible to achieve lowest cost travel and to start on your farm on the required date.

Farm Hands will prepare and file all the paperwork, while walking you through every step of the process.

What does the farmer need to do?

1) Provide a minimum compensation to the workers we recruit for you.  A minimum published hourly wage (varies state by state, approximately $11 - $14 per hour).

2) Guarantee work/payment for at least 75% of the work days during the workers’ contract period.

3) Provide workers compensation insurance, accommodation, transportation to and from work, and meals (can charge about $12 per day or access to cooking facilities) to prepare own food. 

4) Reimburse workers’ their round trip travel costs from their home to your farm. Half the cost is paid at the half way point of the contract, and the remainder at the end of the contract.