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

The Farm Foundation Forum held a panel discussion today to address food and agriculture issues likely to be faced by the next administration. Ken Barbic, senior director of federal government affairs, participated in the event and focused on labor issues.

In his remarks, Barbic outlined the need for immigration reform and the industry’s policy priorities, including legal status for existing workers and a new market-orientated visa program to replace the bureaucratic, costly and challenged H-2A program. 

Jeff Janas

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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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