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US H2A Temporary Agricultural Work Visa I Step by Step Guide 2024


Great News for Foreigners who want to work in US. The US H2A program permits U.S. Companies in American Farmers, agriculture, owners of farms, farming companies, or corporations to appoint overseas workers in agriculture-related Jobs. This article will explain the application criteria for the US H2A Temporary Agricultural Work Visa 2024. If anyone is a farmer & he needs seasonal or temporary workers for cultivating, planting, and harvesting crops? Are you a worker/employee who is searching for an Agriculture Visa? Then US H2A Visa is the best option who want to work in US. This type of visa is an employer-sponsored Visa, Applicants can not apply for this visa directly. You never need to file a petition, your company will file a Petition on behalf of you.

According to the statement of U.S. Department of Agriculture, for the year 2021, 258,000 & in year 2022, this number 298,000 visa were issued. The number of approved H2A visas has been rising day by day. There is no need of any High education required for this Visa. Complete detail regarding H2A Agriculture work visa is mentioned below:-

Detail of Requirements for H2A Visa

Applicant must need a Job offer from the U.S. Company.

The Job must be temporary seasonal or agricultural work.

Applicants must be a citizen of an Eligible Country (List of countries mentioned below).

Requirements for the Employers to appoint an overseas Worker

As an employer, company must offer a Job in temporary or seasonal agricultural work.

Companies also given prove that US workers are not willing, qualified, able, or available to work in those seats, that’s why you are appointing an overseas worker.

Company must have all the relevant documents to file a Petition on behalf of applicants.

Type of Work

Farms, plantations, ranges, greenhouses, ranches, nurseries, orchards, or other related locations but not limited to, cultivating, planting, or harvesting labor.

What is the Petition?

The H-2A visa petition is the process/ criteria when the company request USCIS to approve the overseas worker for the H-2A visa.

Company will file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker & once the petition is approved from USCIS, then the applicant/ candidates (employee/worker) can apply for the Visa at the U.S. Embassy.

Cost Covered by the U.S. Employer

Companies are also responsible for the cost when appointing and employing overseas workers under the H-2A Visa Program.

  • Labor Certification Fee
  • Non-Immigrant Worker Petition
  • H-2A Visa Application
  • Transportation Expenditures from home country to work site
  • Other Miscellaneous costs

If your company will give housing facility to the overseas worker, company are also liable for given transportation facility from the housing to the place of work.

Applicants read the comprehensive details about the Cost Covered by the Employer/ comany on the U.S. Department of Agriculture Website.

How to Apply for the US H2A Temporary Agricultural Work Visa?

The step-by-step application criteria is mentioned below:

As an employee, you must first search a Job first.

After getting a job, your Employer will file a petition and will go through the Petition criteria.

After approval of the petition, the next step is to apply for the Visa.

Fill in the DS-160 form online from the website.

Pay the Visa application fee.

Interview at the nearest U.S. Embassy.

Submit the requisite documents.

Attend the H2A Visa interview.

Duration of the H2A Visa

This type of visa normally on seasonal based or for 1 year maximum.

Eligible Countries for the H2A Visa Program

  • Timor-Leste
  • Croatia
  • Jamaica
  • Paraguay
  • Turkey
  • Czech Republic
  • Andorra
  • The Kingdom of Eswatini
  • Madagascar
  • San Marino
  • Argentina
  • Fiji
  • Malta
  • Serbia
  • Greece
  • Montenegro
  • Solomon Islands
  • Bolivia
  • Grenada
  • Mozambique
  • South Africa
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Guatemala
  • Nauru
  • South Korea
  • Brazil
  • Haiti
  • The Netherlands
  • Spain
  • Brunei
  • Honduras
  • New Zealand
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Bulgaria
  • Hungary
  • Nicaragua
  • Sweden
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Mauritius
  •  Singapore
  • Austria
  • France
  • Mexico
  • Slovakia
  • Barbados
  • Germany
  • Monaco
  • Slovenia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Iceland
  • North Macedonia
  • Switzerland
  • Chile
  • Ireland
  • Norway
  • Taiwan
  • Colombia
  • Israel
  • Panama
  • Thailand
  • Costa Rica
  • Italy
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Japan
  • Peru
  • Tuvalu
  • Denmark
  • Kiribati
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Dominican Republic
  • Latvia
  • Portugal
  • United Kingdom
  • Ecuador
  •  Liechtenstein
  • Republic of Cyprus
  • Uruguay
  • El Salvador
  • Lithuania
  • Romania
  • Vanuatu
  • Estonia
  •  Luxembourg
  • Saint Lucia

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