The primary function of Agriculture Workforce Management Association, Inc. (AWMA) is to provide guidance to its stockholder employers who wish to apply for temporary alien agricultural labor certification for the purpose of employing H2A workers on a temporary or seasonal basis.
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DOL Proposes Changes to the H-2A Program

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced the submission of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to reform the H-2A visa program. The proposed rule is 489 pages long.

The proposed rule would provide employers with the option to stagger the entry of their workforce for up to 120 days after the first day of need.

They also proposed changing the 50% rule. The current rules require employers to hire domestic workers that apply for the job if you have not yet completed 50% of the contract. The proposed rule would only require employers to hire a domestic applicant in the first 30 days of the contract, if you are not staggering your workers. This would also cut the time required for the job to be posted with your state workforce agency (SWA).

Wages.  Currently, the AEWR combines all possible farm position pay rates into one wage in a region. The new proposal would disaggregate occupations for farm workers, equipment operators, etc. This would more closely mirror the H-2B program. The USDA survey is still the primary choice for pay rates if there is enough data to make that decision. If there isn’t enough data, they would use the OES survey.  Until the rule is finalized, we won’t know the wage rate.

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Effective October 21, 2019, newspaper advertising has been eliminated.  All H-2A jobs will be posted on a DOL website for potential U.S. workers to apply.
H-2A Application Guideline

We need your application & payment, 75 days prior to your date of need.

If you need workers by April 15, we need your application no later than Feburary 1.

If you need workers by May 1, we need your application no later than February 15.

If you need workers by May 15, we need your application no later than March 1.

If you need workers by June 1, we need your application no later than March 15.

If you need workers by June 15, we need your application no later than April 1.

If you need workers by July 1, we need your application no later than April 15.

If you need workers by July 15, we need your application no later than May 1.

We can not accept faxed, emailed, or two-sided applications.
We must have original documents signed in ink!


The Department of Labor has announced the 2020 Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWR) for H-2A workers.   These rates are effective on January 2, 2020.

          KY, TN, WV  $12.40   up 77 cents
          OK, TX         $12.67   up 44 cents
          AR, LA, MS         $11.83   up 50 cents
          IL, IN, OH            $14.52  up $1.26
          IA, MO                $14.58   up $1.24
          CO, NV, UT        $14.26   up $1.13
          PA                       $13.34   up 19 cents
    AL     $11.71   up 58 cents

If you still have H-2A workers on your farm, you must start paying them the new rate on January 2, 2020.