When immigrants come to a country, such as the United States, they are often out of work and looking for it whenever they can find it. Bigger businesses often suffer layoffs, recessions, and other crisis that cut down on their workforce, needing more people to do work. This is where the h2a agency program comes in, which aims to connect these two groups.
The program is designed to allow businesses to bring in nonimmigrant workers under a temporary work visa so they can work to fill the jobs that citizens can’t get. The arrangement is temporary, often during the growing season, but it works well.
The business owner who seeks foreign help must apply for an H2A by proving that he has a major shortage of domestic workers and cannot get more and that employing the immigrants will not affect the wages and job security of the domestic workers who are still working on the job. Once that is done, the H2A is allowed, although the business owner will still have to attempt to recruit more domestic workers.
After that, then the workers are checked, interviewed, given visas and then treated just like any other employee. They are paid, provided meals and work, and have on-site housing available for use. They work for as long as their visas allow, and that’s that.
With so many domestic workers in many countries taking on higher paid middle class jobs that involve higher tech, the H2A program is proving to be a significant boon to larger workforces that need skilled labor. Although the initial costs are high, the return on the investment as well as having a full workforce more than makes up for it. It doesn’t look like this industry is going to end any time soon.