H-2A Program 

The H-2A temporary agricultural program allows agricultural employers who anticipate a shortage of domestic workers to bring nonimmigrant foreign workers to the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature. Employment is of a seasonal nature where it is tied to a certain time of year by an event or pattern, such as a short annual growing cycle, and requires labor levels above what is necessary for ongoing operations. Employment is of a temporary nature when the employer's need to fill the position with a temporary worker will, except in extraordinary circumstances, last no longer than one year.


Information on the Use of the H-2A Program

The Office of Foreign Labor Certification is making available program factsheets displaying key selected statistics about each of our major immigration programs. These factsheets include cumulative information and are updated on a quarterly basis.

Selected Statistics FY 2022 Q3

Selected Statistics FY 2021 EOY


Resources for those considering or already participating in the H-2A Program:


U.S. Department of Labor

DOL: H-2A Program

Foreign Labor Application Gateway (FLAG) System

FLAG: H-2A Program Site

  • User Guides
  • Video Tutorials

Adverse Effect Wage Rates



Farm Labor Practices Group

H-2A Process Map

Tips for Getting the H-2A Process Started Right