Farmers hopeful e-approval system will speed up H-2A processing
Washington– With farmers across the country losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in crops as they wait for workers held up by a significant visa backlog,Farm Bureau is pleased to see the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and the State Department launching a new online approval platform today that will hopefully expedite H-2A processing.
“Without workers in place to plant, tend and harvest, crops are going to waste while bureaucratic paperwork keeps piling up,” according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall, who noted that it was Farm Bureau that raised the flag on this major breakdown in our food-growing system in hopes that agencies would find an immediate solution.
“We believe USCIS and DOS are taking an important step to bring the H-2A processing system into the 21st century,” Duvall said. “However, farmers across the country are still experiencing delays due to this backlog that spans multiple agencies. We will continue to work with congressional leaders and the agencies to ensure farmers get workers by their date of need.”