Credit: Elizabeth Creech United States Department of Agriculture April 04, 2019
Are you a farmer who needs seasonal or temporary workers for planting, cultivating, or harvesting crops? The H-2A temporary agricultural workers program - often called the H-2A Visa Program - helps American farmers who anticipate a lack of available domestic workers fill employment gaps by hiring workers from other countries. More about H-2A.
With our new Checklist Tool, participating in the Program is now easier than ever.
H-2A Visa Checklist Tool
Our interactive H-2A Visa Checklist Tool is the latest addition to the farmers.gov website.
While interest in the H-2A Visa Program grows each year, farmers often find the application process challenging, with information and parts of the process spread across multiple state and federal agencies.
The new farmers.gov H-2A Visa Checklist brings program requirements, fees, forms, and important dates into one location. Answer just a few questions, select the start date for your workers, and get a "to-do checklist" built around your H-2A hiring needs. Then, print or download the checklist as a reference. If you'd prefer to keep it simple, just download calendar reminders from the checklist to your personal device - PC or mobile, your choice.
The H-2A Visa Program
Just looking for some basic program information? Visit our H-2A Visa Program page today. It covers only what beginners really need to know up front, in plain language, and will help you:
Learn the H-2A visa application basics.
Create your personalized H-2A visa application checklist built around your hiring needs.
Estimate the costs of hiring workers through the H-2A Visa Program.
For Farmers, By Farmers
Our H-2A Visa Program page - complete with Checklist Tool - is the latest feature on farmers.gov, a dynamic, mobile-friendly website combined with an authenticated portal where customers can apply for programs, process transactions, and manage accounts.
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View farm loan history, payments, and alerts - all from a personal dashboard in the authenticated farmers.gov portal.
These and other farmer-focused features are being built through an iterative process to deliver the greatest immediate value to America's agricultural producers. Together, we're growing farmers.gov as a digital resource for farmers, by farmers.