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Seasonal Farm-Worker Visa Program Frustrates Growers

From, Sean Cockerham, 7 May 2012. As the summer growing season approaches, farmers across the county are experiencing widespread frustration over the federal H-2A visa program for seasonal agriculture workers.< In Idaho, farmers such as Jim Little of Emmett say they need immigrant workers from Latin America but that the government is making it … Continue reading

Farm Guest Workers

From, Andrew Yeager, 22 Dec 2011. Birmingham, AL–Alabama farmers are wondering where they’ll find workers for next year’s growing season. They say the state’s tough immigration law has driven away much of the migrant labor they rely on. One option is for farmers to hire foreign guest workers. And as WBHM’s Andrew Yeager reports, … Continue reading

Nonprofit Agency Warns of Guest Worker Program Scams

From, Stephanie Sanchez, 12 Dec 2011. Yuma, AZ–Mexicans seeking agricultural jobs in the Desert Southwest and throughout the U.S. under a government guest worker program are increasingly becoming victims of fraud. A U.S. guest worker program that offers food, housing and transportation expenses as well as a steady job sounds like a jackpot to many Mexican … Continue reading

Worker Visas Are Big Business

From, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Jeanne Bonner, 13 Dec 2011. Atlanta, GA — Officials at one Georgia company are hiring more staff and investing heavily in the future. That’s because its business – finding legal foreign workers for farms – is suddenly in demand. AgWorks of Lake Park, near Valdosta, applies for foreign visas on … Continue reading

Visa, Tax Worries Add to Burden of Jamaican Farmhands in NH

From, Simon Rios, Sunday News Correspondent, 27 Nov 2011. HOLLIS, NH — Zacharias Mitchell has been working the soil of Lull Farm for 15 seasons, spending eight months of each year here and four back home in Jamaica. His job involves every aspect of farming, from tilling to planting to mulching, weeding and harvesting … Continue reading

Scammed In Laos, Trapped in America

From, Malia Zimmerman, 16 Nov 2011. Bouala Phommachanh, 55, agreed to leave his wife and five children behind in the fall of 2005 to take a farming job in Hawaii after a recruiter visited his home in the Loas capitol of Vientiane. The Laotian recruiter promised that if Bouala answered the questions correctly at … Continue reading

Labor Department Trying to Fix Guest Worker Program, Gillibrand Told

From, Marc Heller, 23 Oct 2011. WASHINGTON — Farmers who want to hire workers through the H2A visa guest worker program soon may be able to file and track their applications over the Internet — if Congress provides enough money, the federal Labor Department told Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-N.Y. In a reply to … Continue reading

Hochul, Hanna Announce Bill To Help Dairy Farms Hire Workers

From, Contact: Fabien Levy, (202) 225-5265, 4 Oct 2011. New York Farm Bureau supports agricultural labor program WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Representatives Kathy Hochul (NY-26) and Richard Hanna (NY-24) introduced a bill to help Northeast dairy farms hire legal workers, which would allow for more production of local food rather than imported food, and … Continue reading

Hiring Locally for Farm Work Is No Cure-All

From, Kirk Johnson, 5 Oct 2011. OLATHE, Colo. — How can there be a labor shortage when nearly one out of every 11 people in the nation are unemployed? That’s the question John Harold asked himself last winter when he was trying to figure out how much help he would need to harvest the … Continue reading

Immigration Judge Jurisdiction over INA § 204(j) Portability

From, 22 Sept 2011. Because the process for an immigrant worker to become a lawful permanent resident can be quite lengthy, Congress enacted a provision in 2001 that gives immigrant workers needed job flexibility. A worker with an approved visa petition and a pending application for permanent residence can change jobs during the transition … Continue reading

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