One of the most pressing issues facing seasonal businesses continues to be labor – specifically how to secure reliable employees to fill seasonal and permanent needs. Advertising does not always work and if you are lucky enough to hire a U.S. worker, they may not stay more than a few days.

It is a myth that the only reason an employer would hire foreign workers is because it’s “cheap labor.” The reality is they cannot always find reliable U.S. options. In an upcoming webinar series Harris Beach attorneys will navigate the complex maze of the H-2B non-agriculture and H-2A agricultural visa programs to provide an overview of visa requirements, procedures, compliance and employer obligations. They will also discuss foreign labor options to fill permanent labor needs at farms and seasonal businesses.

H-2B: Navigating the Maze: Tuesday, October 20 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • H-2B 101: The 2021 Process
  • H-2B DOL and USCIS Compliance Requirements
  • How to Prepare for an H-2B Government Audit

H-2A: Getting the Agricultural Workers You Need Legally: Tuesday, November 17 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • H-2A 101: The 2021 Process
  • H-2B Employer Obligations and Compliance Requirements
  • What constitutes “agricultural” employment?
  • Do you qualify for H-2A or H-2B?
  • Can Dairy Farms participate in H-2A?
  • Navigating the DOL’s “Single Employer Test” in H-2A – is year-round employment still possible?

Permanent Foreign Labor Options for Seasonal Businesses : Tuesday, December 15 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

  • PERM Labor Certification 101: Navigating the Permanent Labor Process
  • Defining the job and requirements
  • The Prevailing Wage process
  • Advertising and Recruitment Requirements
  • USCIS Processing
  • Maintaining your seasonal visa programs (H-2A/B) while navigating the PERM process
  • Consular Processing vs. Adjustment of Status

Register for the October 20th program here.

Our Immigration Law Practice Group includes immigration attorneys that work across New York state in our Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Long Island, New York City, Rochester and Syracuse offices. Our immigration lawyers focus on strategies – including immigrant visas for permanent U.S. resident status and temporary visas for foreign nationals – to ensure that employers are able to hire, transfer, and retain the brightest and best non-U.S. talent.