The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed a massive hike in immigration petition fees, including fees to petition for H-2A visas for temporary and seasonal agricultural workers. Under the proposed rule, published by USCIS on Jan. 4, 2023, the fee for an H-2A Petition for unnamed beneficiaries would increase from the current $460 to $530, a 15% increase.  The fee for an H-2A Petition for named beneficiaries would rise from the current $460 to a whopping $1,090, a 137% hike.

Jason Resnick

Join Western Growers and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Secretary Karen Ross for a half-day AgTechX Ed event at Modesto Junior College on Feb. 8, 2023.

This event is done in partnership with the Western Growers Center for Innovation & Technology, the CDFA, and Modesto Community College to provide the next generation of agriculture workers with the information and resources to embark on a rich and fulfilling career navigating on-farm technology.

The event begins at 1 p.m. PST and features the following panel topics:

Kara Timmins

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