Frequently Asked Questions

 

H-2A PROGRAM

Top FAQs

1. How long does it take to hire foreign labor?
Answer:  We suggest you plan ahead as it generally takes about 90 days to attain an H-2A worker(s).

2. How much do we pay an H-2A farm and ranch worker?
Answer:  It depends on the type of position. General farm ranch workers are paid by the hour and rates may vary from year-to-year. However Sheepherders and Open Range livestock workers are paid $1206.31 per month in 2016 (plus room and board), and increases to $1356.16 in 2017, and again to $1506.84 in 2018. The rate does not apply to all states, so please contact us for more information.

3. How long can an H-2A foreign worker stay in the U.S. legally?
Answer: Sheepherders are allowed to work consecutively up to 3 years, however the employers are required to file extensions each year, then the herders must return home for 3 months before returning to the U.S. on a work visa. All other H-2A positions are allowed to work in the U.S. up to 10 months, then they must return home for 3 months before returning to the U.S. on a work visa.

4. Are we required to provide housing for our H-2A workers?
Answer: Yes, in all cases you must provide housing at no cost to your worker(s). Your housing will need to be approved and certified by the U.S. Department of Labor.

5. How often do we have to pay our H-2A workers?
Answer:  Twice per month.

6. Do all countries qualify to issue work visas for workers to come to the U.S.?
Answer:  No, the workers must be from a country that is on the approved H-2A country list. Please contact us to find out if you know a worker who is interested to work for you in the U.S.

7. Do we have to pay overtime to an H-2A worker?
Answer: No

8. How many hours is an H-2A worker allowed to work per week?
Answer:  You are required to pay a minimum of 35 hours per week. However, Sheepherders and Open Range Livestock workers are required to be “On-Call” 24/7.

9. Are the H-2A workers required to have experience?
Answer:  Yes, they are required to have between 1-6 months experience – depending on their position. Please contact us for more information.

10. Do we have to pay for our H-2A worker(s) transportation?
Answer:  Yes, employers are required to pay for incoming and outgoing transportation, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as a worker quitting before 50% of the work contract is complete, or if he/she is let go for a reason of “just cause”.