The H2A and H2B Program provides a solution to the current labor market shortage by enabling companies that qualify for the federal H2B program to acquire seasonal migrant labor to come and work for only those companies on a legal work permit.
FEWA helps companies across America tap into the labor market of the world. Employer members have brought labor in from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Brazil, Hungary, Norway, and the United Kingdom-Scotland, to mention a few.
For more information on any of the programs, please fill out The Information Request Form, or call toll free 1-877-H2B-FEWA (1-877-422-3392)
H2B Program (Non-Agricultural)
Advantages of H-2B Program
- Access to an abundant labor supply from foreign countries (ex. Mexico, Central America)
- Efficiency in operations through higher labor productivity
- Repeat workforce year after year
- Less turnover and reduced training cost
- Comfort in knowing you have a legal workforce
- Improved corporate image
- Opportunity to experience new cultures and prepare your employees for life in a multi-cultural work environment
United States Department of Labor Overview (Click to Open)
Things to keep in mind about H-2B Program (Click to Open)
Frequently Asked Questions about the H-2B Program (Click to Open)
H2A Program (Agricultural)
H-2A Certification for Temporary or Seasonal Agricultural Work The H-2A temporary agricultural program establishes a means for 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. Before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can approve an employer's petition for such workers, the employer must file an application with the Department stating that there are not sufficient workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available, and that the employment of aliens will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers. The statute and Departmental regulations provide for numerous worker protections and employer requirements with respect to wages and working conditions that do not apply to nonagricultural programs. The Department's Wage and Hour Division, Employment Standards Administration (ESA) has responsibility for enforcing provisions of worker contracts.
"Temporary or seasonal nature" means employment performed at certain seasons of the year, usually in relation to the production and/or harvesting of a crop, or for a limited time period of less than one year when an employer can show that the need for the foreign workers(s) is truly temporary.
The following general categories of individuals or organizations may file an application:
- An agricultural employer who anticipates a shortage of U.S. workers needed to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature, may file an application requesting temporary foreign agricultural labor certification. "Temporary or seasonal nature" means employment performed at certain seasons of the year, usually in relation to the production and/or harvesting of a crop, or for a limited time period of less than one year when an employer can show that the need for the foreign worker(s) is truly temporary.
- The employer may be an individual proprietorship, a partnership or a corporation. An association of agricultural producers may file as a sole employer, a joint employer with its members, or as an agent of its members.
- An authorized agent, whether an individual (e.g., and attorney) or an entity (e.g., an association), may file an application on behalf of an employer. Associations may file master applications on behalf of their members.