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H-2A: Temporary Agricultural Workers

Temporary agricultural workers from specified countries can enter the US through the H-2A program. The list of approved countries is updated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) each year.

Here are the requirements for H-2A:

  • Temporary or seasonal agricultural job
  • Petitioner must show that there are not enough able, willing, qualified U.S. workers available for the job being offered
  • Demonstrate that wages and working conditions of U.S. workers in equivalent jobs will not be negatively affected if the H-2A worker visas are issued

H-2A: LIST OF ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES:

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Brazil
  • Brunei
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Fiji
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Grenada
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jamaica
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Latvia
  • Lichtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia
  • Madagascar
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Mexico
  • Monaco
  • Mongolia
  • Montenegro
  • Nauru
  • The Netherlands
  • Nicaragua
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • The Phillipines
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Singapore
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • South Korea
  • Spain
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tonga
  • Turkey
  • Tuvalu
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • Uruguay
  • Vanuatu

How to apply for H-2A

A U.S. employer, a U.S. agent or associations of U.S. agricultural producers that meet the regulatory requirements can petition on your behalf. The petitioner files Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker along with a valid temporary labor certification from the Department of Labor.

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