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An H2A visa is a temporary work visa for foreign agricultural workers with a job offer for seasonal agricultural work in the US. The H2A visa program is open to nationals of countries that the United States Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as eligible to participate and is revised annually.
Those with a temporary job offer in a non-agricultural industry may be eligible for an H2B visa to work in the US.
To qualify for an H2A visa, the applicant must hold a passport from one of the following countries:
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Papua New Guinea
In addition, the applicant must have a temporary or seasonal offer of employment in an agricultural environment. Furthermore, the prospective employer must demonstrate that the position cannot be filled by a US worker.
H2A visa applicants may also be required to meet certain health and character requirements.
An H2A visa entitles the holder to live and work in the US temporarily. An H2A visa is usually granted for an initial period of 1 year and extensions may be granted.
Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age may apply for the applicable derivative visa (H4 visa) to join their spouse or parent in the US. Accompanying spouses and children are entitled to study in the United States but are not entitled to undertake any employment without obtaining an appropriate work visa.
To see a full listing of our fees and services,Seasonal Agricultural Worker Visa (H-2A) processing times and application costs please visit our FAQ page.