H-2 Visa

H-2A 2011 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs)

The Department has published a notice in the Federal Register on March 1, 2011 that announces the 2011 Adverse Effect Wage Rates, Allowable Charges for Agricultural Workers' Meals, and Maximum Travel Subsistence Reimbursement for use in the H-2A program. This notice provides (1) the 2011 AEWRs for employers seeking H-2A workers; (2) the allowable maximum amount for 2011 that employers may charge their H-2A workers for providing them with three meals a day; and (3) the maximum travel subsistence reimbursement which a worker with receipts may claim in 2011.

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Wage Methodology for the Temporary Non-agricultural Employment H–2B

The Department has published in the Federal Register a Final Rule on the Wage Methodology for Temporary Non-agricultural Employment in the H-2B Program. The Final Rule revises the methodology by which the Department calculates the prevailing wages to be paid to H-2B workers and U.S. workers recruited in connection with a temporary labor certification. The Final Rule is effective for wages paid for all work performed on or after January 1, 2012. 

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New Countries Eligible to Participate in H-2A and H-2B Programs

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, has identified 53 countries whose nationals are eligible to participate in the H-2A and H-2B programs for the coming year.

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Prevailing Wage: Validity Period for H-2B prevailing wage determinations

On August 30, 2010, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Comitè de Apoyo a los Trabajadores Agricolas (CATA) v. Solis, et al., Civil No. 2:09-cv-240-LP, 2010 WL 3431761 (E.D. Pa.) invalidated the Department's use of skill levels in establishing prevailing wages and the Department's reliance upon Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) data in lieu of Davis Bacon Act and Service Contract Act rates.

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DOL Posted H-2A FAQs Round 2

The Department has posted the second round of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) interpreting the 2010 Final Rule which became effective on March 15, 2010. The FAQs address questions posed by the regulated community and cover a range of topics including: pre and post-filing requirements, job offers, assurances and obligations, time frames, recruitment, etc. To view the Round 2 H-2A FAQs, please check attachment.

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Guestbook Entry for NARAYANA BHAT, United States

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NARAYANA BHAT
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<SPAN style=”LINE-HEIGHT: normal; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; FONT-FAMILY: arial, sans-serif; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 13px”>Work&nbsp;Done: Green CardSPAN> <SPAN style=”LINE-HEIGHT: normal; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; FONT-FAMILY: arial, sans-serif; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 13px”>SPAN><SPAN style=”LINE-HEIGHT: normal; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; FONT-FAMILY: arial, sans-serif; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 13px”>Can People Contact Me As&nbsp;a&nbsp;Reference: by all means. SPAN><SPAN style=”LINE-HEIGHT: normal; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; FONT-FAMILY: arial, sans-serif; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 13px”>Comments: My family and I got GC under EB2 this Friday last. We had an extremely pleasant experience with this office. I had personally interacted with Rajiv, Suman, Bharathi, Prerna on various occasions. They are prompt in returning e-mails ( turn around time less than 24hrs). In fact when I applied for AC-21 in 2007, I was called for an interview. Rajiv was kind enough to give me his cell phone number with the liberty to contact him if the need arises. Since we finished our labor (under PERM) and all other requirements, We got into EAD/AP mode in 6 months ( Aug 2005) from the start date ( Feb 2005) for the whole&nbsp; process. This office has been filing my EAD and AP since ( about 4 times now). Thanks for all the help.SPAN> <SPAN style=”LINE-HEIGHT: normal; BORDER-COLLAPSE: collapse; FONT-FAMILY: arial, sans-serif; COLOR: #333333; FONT-SIZE: 13px”>Dr &nbsp;Narayana Bhat Bhat Dental Associates 590 Eagles Landing Pkwy Stockbridge, GA 30281 678-289-2122SPAN>&nbsp;

CRS Report On Policy Considerations Related to Guest Worker Program

At present, the United States has two main programs for temporarily importing low-skilled workers, sometimes referred to as guest workers. Agricultural guest workers enter through the H-2A visa program, and other guest workers enter through the H-2B visa program. Employers interested in importing workers under either program must first apply to the U.S. Department of Labor for a certification that U.S.

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DOL Announces New National Electronic Job Registry for Use in the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program

[Federal Register: July 1, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 126)]
[Notices]
[Page 38145-38146]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr01jy10-111]

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DEPARTMENT OF LABOR

Employment and Training Administration

Announcing the New National Electronic Job Registry for Use in the H-2A Temporary Agricultural Labor Certification Program

AGENCY: Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor.

ACTION: Notice.

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