A Guide on How to Obtain an H-2A Work Visa in the United States

Learn about what an H-2A visa is, who it's for, the requirements, and process for obtaining one to temporarily employee a foreign worker in the U.S.

What is an H-2A Visa?

An H-2A visa allows a foreign national entry into the U.S. for temporary or seasonal agricultural work. There are several requirements of the employer in regards to this type of work visa.

The H-2A temporary agricultural visa program allows agricultural employers who may anticipate a shortage of domestic workers needed to complete various work to bring in nonimmigrant foreign agricultural workers to the U.S. on temporary or seasonal basis.

Currently, there are about 30,000 temporary agricultural workers under this visa program in the United States. All of these workers are supposed to be covered by U.S. wage laws, workers' compensation, and other standards, but covert debt bondage may be present.

Popular types of Work Visas available in the United States:

H-1B Visa - Specialty Occupation Worker (skilled worker)

H-2B Visa - Temporary non-agricultural worker

L-1 Visa - Intra-company Transferee

B-1 Visa - Business visitors

J-1 Visa - Exchange Visitor Program

Green Card - Permanent Residence to live and work in the U.S.


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