USCIS Launches Data Center of Employers Hiring H-2A Workers

Agricultural workers with an H-2A visa harvest romaine lettuce for Fresh Harvest.

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US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has launched a H-2A Employer Data Center to provide information to the public about employers or agents soliciting workers who require H-2A visas.

The H-2A program allows US employers or US agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill temporary agricultural jobs.

The employment must be of a temporary or seasonal nature, and the petitioner must demonstrate that there are not enough US workers who are able, willing, qualified, and available to perform the temporary or seasonal work.

The data center is part of the federal agency’s effort to increase transparency in employment-based visa programs and follows the launch of the H-1B Visa Data Center in 2019 and the H-2B Visa Data Center in 2021.

In the data center, you can search the data by fiscal year, employer (petitioner) name, city, state, zip code, workplace state, North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code, and Code. of Standard Occupational Classification (SOC).

This information will help the public calculate approval and denial rates for these types of visas and review which employers are using the H-2A program. Individual tax year data is available for download on the H-2A Employer Data Center Files page.

To help the public understand the terminology and learn how to use the data center, we have also created the Understanding Our H-2A Employer Data Center page.

USCIS intends to update the H-2A Employer Data Center quarterly and provide downloadable data files. For example, will provide data for the first quarter (October-December) of a fiscal year, in April of that fiscal year.

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