About the H-2A Program
The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Employment is of a seasonal nature where it is tied to a certain time of year by an event or pattern, such as crop growing cycles and/or livestock production, and requires labor levels above what is necessary for ongoing operations. Employment is of a temporary nature when the employer’s need to fill the position with a temporary worker will, with exception of Sheepherders, last no longer than 9 months. At the end of their work contract the workers return home for a minimum of 3 months, at which time we file to return them for the following season.
When to File?
You will need to establish your “dates of need” in order to determine exactly when to file. Your application will be submitted between 75 and 60 days prior to when you need workers. However, our experience has proven it takes longer than 75 days to bring workers, so we suggest you contact us at least 3 months prior to your “date of need”.
What are the Costs?
Peak Season Labor has streamlined the application and recruiting process which will make your hiring process easier and cost-effective. We do not have a membership fee or monthly worker management fees. We will provide you with a quote based on the number of workers and types of positions you would like to fill. There is a one-time annual application filing fee, and recruitment fee (if required). Our “annual” fee includes overseeing your Certification, recruitment activity and guidance to help you keep current and in compliance.
Additional out-of-pocket filing fees with the US-DOL and USCIS is $435.00 for one worker, plus $10.00 per each additional worker.
Employers filing the second year and subsequent years save up to 30-50% for application processing (often recruitment is not needed in subsequent years).
Contact us today for a free quote!
- National Council of Agricultural Employers
- USCIS H-2A
- AEWR Wages
- Prevailing Wage Determinations
- IRS H-2A