The H-2A Process Can Be Challenging. We Can Help.
The H-2A program is among the few visa programs that is not capped. Though this gives farmers and growers the flexibility to employ temporary workers as needed, it also means that this program is carefully monitored. H-2A visas are coordinated and managed between the following state and federal agencies:
- The Department of Labor (DOL)
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
- Department of State (DOS)
- Michigan Department of Ag & Rural Development (MDARD)
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
As with any other government program, the process is complex. It can also change according to regulatory needs. We aim to bring farmers and growers up to speed on the current state of the H-2A program, and make them aware of all reform issues that may affect their workers and businesses.
Beyond regulatory compliance, many growers are not fully prepared when entering the H-2A program. We make sure to manage expectations during the first season, and to work toward the long-term success that the H-2A program can build.
Our Employer Education efforts include:
- Initial program discussions to communicate the time, effort and costs associated with the program
- On-site meetings to educate and assist farm operator, crew leaders, office personnel and employees with H-2A program implementation and compliance
- Access to Great Lakes Ag staff for questions, support and guidance.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the requirements for H-2A visa employer?
An employer must have made an active effort to secure domestic workers. The employer must also pay a wage that will not adversely affect U.S. workers. The employer must provide housing, meals, and transportation in certain circumstances.
The full details of employer requirements may be found on our H-2A Employer Requirements page.
When should I file for H-2A?
The further in advance that you’re able to apply, the better. The minimum lead time needed to secure workers is 120 days. Ideally, 1 year of lead time would allow for the best rate of success.
Looking for more information on common H-2A concerns? Read more on our FAQ Page ›