Tomorrow, December 23, 2016, the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the Department of Labor (Department) issued its Federal Register Notice to announce the 2017 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs). This notice applies to the employment of temporary or seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers (H–2A workers) to perform agricultural labor or services.

Jeff Janas

Please join the Agricultural Personnel Management Association (APMA) for the 37th Annual Forum, January 25 - 27, 2017, at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa. 

WG Vice President and General Counsel Jason Resnick will launch this three-day annual conference by leading a comprehensive session on the H-2A process. His session on Wednesday, January 25, will compliment participant-driven HR and Safety roundtables that are expected to provide stimulating discussions on current issues.

Keynote speakers include:

On December 23, 2016, significant increases in USCIS filing fees for immigration petitions, including H-2A petitions, will take effect.

The fee to file Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker, used for H-2A petitions, will increase from $325 to $460. Any I-129s filed after December 23 will need to include payment of the higher fee amount.

A chart listing all USCIS fees can be found here.

Jeff Janas



Western Growers has been the leading agricultural organization in advocating for a comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes legalizing the status of currently falsely-documented farmworkers and a new guest worker visa program to ensure future flows of labor. With many members increasingly turning to the H-2A program to meet their labor needs, Western Growers has elevated H-2A reform as a top public policy priority.

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Western Growers members care deeply for the food they grow, the land they sustain, the people they employ, and the community in which they live. 

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