Introduction to the H2-A Guest Worker Program

Erwin Oropesa

The h2a guest worker program offers temporary work status to non-immigrant foreign nationals, or guest workers, who want to be hired for employment in the United States. The program was created in response to the needs of farmers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers. Under the auspices of this U.S. government program, farmers can legally hire guest workers to handle their seasonal or temporary employment needs.

How Does the H2-A Program Work?

Guest workers are required to have visas that allow them to stay in the United States for up to 10 months, although there are special procedures that can allow them to remain in the country longer than 10 months.

To hire guest workers, employers or their agents must put together a job application package, which begins a lengthy process that includes filing a job offer (ETA Form 790) with the State Workforce Agency in their area up

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