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How to Accommodate Migrant Workers on Your Farm

Migrant farmers from a labor recruitment agency

As the world becomes more globalized, it’s important for farms to accommodate migrant workers.

Migrant workers are individuals who have migrated from their home country in search of better-paying jobs and a better quality of life. These people are often found working on farms due to the need for labor in this industry

This also works in favor of US farmers who use them as a way to supplement labor and provide additional hands during harvest season.

Over 3 million migrant farmers are known to be in the United States working on seasonal employment while having an H-2A employment visa.

At Farm-Aid H-2A LLC’s, we’re a farmworker recruitment agency that takes away the stress of documentation from farmers. We assist with farm labor visas and ensure you meet the criteria for the H-2A visa program.

Here are some ways to accommodate migrant workers on your farm once they arrive:

 

Provide Adequate Housing

As per the requirements of the H-2A visa, farm owners must provide housing for their migrant employees at no cost if the workers are unable to return to their homes the same day.

The housing provided must meet all safety standards and should have designated space for farmers to cook their own food. Employers can also offer to provide food for the farmers if they wish.

 

Cover Transportation

Transportation to work is something nearly every farm works out with its employees before they begin working there because failure to provide some form of transportation would disqualify an employer from using H2-A workers.

Hence, ideally, arrange their accommodation close to the farm itself so that it cuts down on transport costs and time. This also makes working more convenient for farmers.

 

Comply With the Three-Fourth Guarantee

As part of the requirement of the H-2A visa, employers must guarantee that the migrant farmers will be employed for three-fourth of their time, that is 75%.

If you’ve hired migrant workers, tabulate their hours spent daily so you can ensure they’re feeling satisfied with the amount of money they’re making and wish to stay for the whole designated duration.

 

Don’t Let Language Be a Barrier

Migrant workers come from foreign lands and often struggle to communicate.

Many of them have little to no formal education. If you don’t know their language, then learn a few phrases in Spanish or whichever language they may speak more fluently.

They’ll appreciate your effort to seek out this information, and it will prove fruitful in communicating with them on-site.

Migrant farmers from a labor recruitment agency

 

About Us

Farm Aid H-2A LLC is a seasonal farm labor recruitment agency, helping farms with their need for migrant labor recruitment.

We have 11 years of experience recruiting and placing seasonal workers at different types of agricultural operations and ensuring hassle-free H-2A work visas for farmworkers.

Get in touch today!

 

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