Temporary Extension for H-2A Visas

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it will continue to allow seasonal foreign farm workers the opportunity to extend their H-2A temporary work visas. The administration deemed the extension necessary to protect U.S. food supplies and decrease “possible reliance on unauthorized aliens” during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a Federal Register notice, the rules are effective through August 2023, and foreign farm workers have until December 17, 2020 to apply for an H-2A visa extension that will be good for three years. Employers may request the flexibilities under this rule by filing an H–2A petition on or after August 19, 2020 and through December 17. Click here for more information.

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Northern Plains Potato Growers Assocation


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