About H-2A Services
CIERTO provides a full suite of services to help growers navigate the complex H-2A visa process. Our team of experts stands ready to guide you through every step of the H-2A program – handling the paperwork and communicating with Federal and State enforcement agencies, processing visas, coordinating housing and transportation, and troubleshooting issues onsite.
The ultimate goal is to provide a workforce comprised of experienced, dependable seasonal employees, willing to return to your farm year after year.
CIERTO Takes Care of the Paperwork So You Can Get Back to Feeding the World.
Navigating the H-2A program means working your way through multiple governmental agencies – including the US Department of Labor (DOL) and US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If you’ve attempted to hire seasonal workers before, you know how difficult it can be to negotiate complex federal bureaucracies. Constantly changing regulations also pose a time-consuming, energy draining challenge for growers.
CIERTO will take charge of submitting paperwork on your behalf, deal with the federal government, and help you understand and meet your legal requirements. Finally, we coordinate travel, housing, and catering arrangements for guest workers, and act as a problem-solving mediator between employers and employees during the growing season.
When harvest time arrives, your seasonal workforce will be ready to hit the field and help you feed the world.
CIERTO helps you get back to managing your farm by:
- Working with you to ensure that there are no US citizens available to work the seasonal jobs you need filled;
- Locating, recruiting, and vetting qualified farm workers who are ready, willing, and able to do the job;
- Working with recruits to complete their individual visa applications;
- Helping workers navigate the consular interview process;
- Arranging employee transportation (or reimbursement) to your place of business at the beginning of the season, and back to their home communities when the season ends.
H-2A Requirements in Brief
To qualify for the H-2A program, farms must meet the following criteria:
- Offer a temporary or seasonal job.
- Demonstrate that not enough U.S. workers are able, willing, qualified, and available to do the temporary work.
- Show that employing H-2A workers will not adversely affect the wages and working conditions of similarly employed U.S. workers.
- Submit a single, valid, temporary labor certification from the U.S. Department of Labor with the H-2A petition.
CIERTO manages these details for you, preparing documents and contracts for your signature, submitting and overseeing visa petitions, communicating with your state’s workforce agency, and with pertinent US federal government agencies.
That means someone else is handling the red tape, so you can get back to what you do best – running your operation!
Once hired and in-country, workers are entitled to the following benefits:
- Free Department of Labor and State Workforce Agency-inspected and approved housing.
- Free cooking facilities, enabling workers to prepare their own meals OR
- Three meals per day provided by employer (your cost to be reimbursed by the workers, up to federally specified daily limits).
- Worker’s Compensation Insurance.
- Transportation to farm, for workers recruited from out of the local area, OR
- Reimbursement of travel costs and subsistence to said workers.
- Return transportation, or reimbursement of transportation and subsistence costs (also required after the contract has been fulfilled or earlier, if applicable).
- 3/4 of the hours specified in the overall contract period.
- Wages higher than either (1) the AEWR, (2) the prevailing wage rate or, (3) the federal minimum wage.
- All tools and equipment necessary to perform assigned duties.
- Transportation to stores for food and necessities at least every two weeks.
- Employment to any qualified U.S. worker who applies for the job through 50% of the contract period.
Travel, Orientation & Ongoing H-2A Support
CIERTO provides ongoing support in maintaining compliance with H-2A rules and regulations throughout the period of the contract, including:
Transportation – We transport successful graduates of our comprehensive training program to the Mexico-U.S. border to complete all required documentation, conduct interviews as necessary, and navigate passport control.
Border orientation – CIERTO conducts an orientation at the border, ensuring that new employees understand the operation, are brought up to speed on company or farm rules, complete their HR paperwork, and learn the basics of their new job.
Housing inspection – Above and beyond the State Workforce Agency and Department of Labor housing inspections, how confident are you with the state of your employee housing? Would you spend the night there? Would you feel confident hosting a vendor representative there?
CIERTO will perform housing inspections to ensure seasonal workers have comfortable accommodations to return to at the end of the day, improving morale, labor relations, and productivity.
Conflict resolution and labor relations – Conflicts almost inevitably arise at job sites, even between a well-trained workforce and respectful employer. A CIERTO representative will be made available to mediate disagreements before they escalate, keeping tensions low, saving time, improving productivity, and reducing stress for everyone involved.
Reach out to CIERTO to get the H-2A process started today!