Here are some things to consider when considering utilizing an agent to help you secure workers:
1. Introduction: Start by introducing the H-2A visa program, a temporary agricultural worker program in the United States that allows employers to hire foreign workers for seasonal agricultural jobs. Explain that an agent specializes in managing the application process for employers and workers.
2. Employer's role: Describe the responsibilities of the employer in the H-2A work visa processing program, including: a. Identifying labor shortages in their agricultural business. b. Demonstrating that they cannot find enough U.S. workers to fill the positions. c. Providing housing, transportation, and other benefits to the foreign workers.
3. Agent's role: Explain the agent's responsibilities in handling H-2A processing, such as: a. Assisting employers in preparing and submitting the required paperwork. b. Ensuring compliance with regulations and labor laws. c. Liaising with government agencies, such as the Department of Labor (DOL) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). d. Coordinating with foreign workers and facilitating their visa applications.
4. Application process: Outline the main steps in the H-2A application process that the agent will manage, including: a. Filing a temporary labor certification application with the DOL. b. Advertising the job openings to U.S. workers. c. Submitting a petition for non-immigrant workers (Form I-129) to USCIS. d. Assisting foreign workers in applying for an H-2A visa at a U.S. consulate or embassy. e. Coordinating the workers' arrival and ensuring they have proper documentation.
5. Timeline: It takes between 90 – 120 days to get workers to your door.
6. Benefits: Emphasize the benefits of using an agent for H-2A processing, such as saving time, reducing the risk of errors, and ensuring compliance with complex immigration and labor laws.
7. Conclusion: Summarize the key points and reassure your audience that an agent can efficiently manage the H-2A visa process, making it easier for both employers and foreign workers to navigate the system.
8. Make sure that your agent is open and transparent about being able to be reached by phone and can provide an open commitment to communicate to their customers. Many farmers are seeking help from a small “hands on” service like Head Honchos, LLC (www.headhonchosllc.com) to answer questions, process the paperwork, and guarantee workers arrive safe and ready to work.