On April 1, the U.S. Department of Labor announced it would temporarily ease some of the rigid requirements of the H-2A program as employers grapple with the tough real-world issues that have been foisted upon them by the coronavirus pandemic. 

This temporary easing of some H-2A requirements is outlined in the Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s (OFLC) COVID-19 ROUND 2 FAQs.

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Jason Resnick

The State Department announced today that it is taking additional steps to increase the processing of H-2A visa holders through consulates around the world. These modifications, including the expansion of interview waiver eligibility, will ensure that the majority of H-2A processing can continue. The specific steps are summarized below:

Cory Lunde

Led by Representative Jimmy Panetta (CA-20), nine California Congressional representatives joined a group of more than 40 bipartisan, geographically-diverse Members of Congress in responding to the Department of State’s decision to suspend routine nonimmigrant visa processing in Mexico.

In a letter to Secretary Pompeo, the bipartisan group of lawmakers express deep concern that the suspension of visa processing will have a “disastrous effect on U.S. agriculture, further endangering our nation’s food supply in this time of national crisis.”

Cory Lunde

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