The U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated the farmers.gov website with features designed to help growers hire workers through the H-2A program.
New H-2A features on the site, according to a USDA news release, are:
- A real-time dashboard allowing farmers to track the status of eligible employer application and visa applications for temporary non-immigrant workers;
- Streamlined log-in procedures for looking up multiple applications tracking numbers;
- Easy access to Department of Labor’s Foreign Labor Application Gateway;
- Ability to track time-sensitive actions of Office of Foreign Labor Certification’s adjudication of temporary labor certification applications; and
- Access to all application forms online.
The USDA launched farmers.gov in 2018, for farmers to apply for programs, process transactions and manage accounts, according to the release.
“USDA’s goal is to help farmers navigate the complex H-2A program that is administered by Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the State Department so hiring a farm worker is an easier process,” Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said in the release. “ … We will continue working to streamline these and other processes to better serve our customers across the country.”