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Who are the largest users of the H2-A work Visa program?

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

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According to data from the US Department of Labor, the largest users of the H-2A visa program in recent years have been employers in the following states:

  1. Florida

  2. Georgia

  3. Washington

  4. California

  5. North Carolina

  6. Michigan

  7. Louisiana

  8. Kentucky

  9. South Carolina

  10. Texas

These states are all major agricultural producers and rely heavily on seasonal workers to plant, cultivate, and harvest crops. Within these states, the largest users of the H-2A program tend to be employers in the fruit and vegetable industries, followed by employers in the tobacco and dairy industries.

It's worth noting that while these states have historically been the largest users of the H-2A program, demand for the program is increasing in other parts of the country as well. In recent years, states like Colorado, New York, and Oregon have seen significant increases in the number of H-2A visas being issued to agricultural employers.

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