Wednesday, October 17, 2012

GAO Reports 90% Approval Rates for H-2A Temporary Agricultural Worker Cases in 2011

Government Accountability Office Report indicates that in 2011, 90% of H-2A cases were approved. However, this record of success is hampered by the procedural delays which are caused by the agencies' recent reinforcement of "integrity" in processing cases affecting the agricultural industry and the farm employers. 

It reports that about 60% of cases had to go through request for evidence or other scruitiny before the agencies completed the cases causing substantial delays in the processing times. Lately the DOL launched an electronic filing process which is likely to help to reduce the processing times but continued focus on integrity is likely to cause delays in the processing times. For the full report, please see below:


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