Posted on Jun 24, 2021

Jackson-Citrus, Inc.

Homeland Security, USDA to ease some H2A requirements

WASHINGTON – Federal agencies are easing some restrictions on foreign guest workers to ensure an adequate supply of labor to the agriculture industry. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2A requirements.

“Under this temporary final rule, an H-2A petitioner with a valid temporary labor certification who is concerned that workers will be unable to enter the country due to travel restrictions can start employing certain foreign workers who are currently in H-2A status in the United States immediately after United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives the H-2A petition, but no earlier than the start date of employment listed on the petition,” DHS said. “To take advantage of this time-limited change in regulatory requirements, the H-2A worker seeking to change employers must already be in the United States and in valid H-2A status.”
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