Getting started with H-2A

If you are ready to get started in the H-2A program, Emily Morris, business development and marketing coordinator at másLabor, recommends completing the following steps:

CONDUCT A NEEDS ASSESSMENT 

Review your business projections and historic payroll to assess your needs for the upcoming season. This will help determine when workers are most needed and how many you’ll need to satisfy your labor needs. It will also better position you to respond to any pushback or scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) during the application process. 

SECURE HOUSING 

Worker housing is usually the first hurdle that new H-2A program users must clear. Locating and securing appropriate housing will help avoid costly delays later in the process. 

HIRE A PROFESSIONAL 

Consult with a reputable, experienced attorney or agent (like másLabor). A good agent will help navigate the multi-stage approval process and serve as an on-call expert and compliance resource for your HR team. 

WRAPPING IT UP 

Embarking on the H-2A journey is a serious commitment that can pay off if done right. If you’re willing to invest the time and resources, and are prepared to play by the book, the benefits can be game changing. It’s not just about filling labor gaps; it’s about enhancing your entire operation for sustainable growth. The key is to start planning now because success in the H-2A program is a marathon, not a sprint. 

For more information, visit maslabor.com.