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United States immigration laws and procedures are complicated, and it is important to have the right legal assistance throughout the entire process. Many employers in rural areas rely on the seasonal and temporary labor of foreign workers, and our legal team works to ensure you obtain the necessary visas to keep your operations going. We also help clients with other types of nonimmigrant visa applications, as well as permanent visas and green cards.
Our experienced immigration lawyers regularly assist both individuals and companies with many types of immigration matters, including:
To learn more about how our immigration attorneys at Farmer, Farmer & Brown , P.L.L.C. can assist you, please contact us directly. We have offices conveniently located in Austin, Texas, Marietta, Georgia, and Ames, Iowa, to best help our clients with immigration matters.
If your company needs temporary workers or if you are a foreign national looking to invest in an enterprise in the United States, you do not want to compromise your business by making errors in the immigration process.
Our goal is to find unique labor solutions that help our clients succeed. We pay attention to the specific needs of our clients and are in regular communication about the immigration process and next steps. While you focus on your operations, we focus on helping you get the temporary labor necessary for your company.
At Farmer, Farmer & Brown, P.L.L.C. we have a dedication to excellence and integrity that sets us apart from other immigration law firms. If you would like to learn more about our legal team and immigration services, do not hesitate to contact us to request your consultation. We look forward to working with you!
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“The Farmer, Farmer, & Brown team has been the biggest help to our company! They have not only cut our immigration cost in half, but increased our efficiency 100 fold. They stay up to date on the most up-to-date procedures to streamline this process as much as possible! The best thing about having them as an integral part of our team, is that no matter when we call, they are always there to lend guidance.”
“Making the switch to Farmer Farmer Brown was the best decision we ever made. The attorneys and staff are great to work with. They’re quick to respond, always make themselves available, and have worked with us on many efficiencies/strategies saving our company both time & money. We really enjoy working with them and recommend them to everyone we know!”
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Our team is known for having the highest legal service and professionalism we can offer. One of our primary goals is to treat each client fairly and ensure that they are always informed of the status of their applications. We believe in the immigration process. Our economy is sustained by the help and hard work of immigrants who want to come into this country and make a difference.
We would love to discuss your legal issues and help you determine the best path for your company. If you are needing assistance in an area of law we do not handle, we can help point you in the right direction
Our approach is simple, we are extremely responsive, affordable, dedicated, hard working and detail oriented. Our promise is this, if we are unable to answer your phone call, we will call you back within one business day. This has proven to be extremely valuable to our clients as they know for sure, when they call, they will receive a timely response from our office. We have grown to love meeting our clients on a personal level. As a law firm we have developed passion for immigration law, business law, corporate law, and dealing with Captive Insurance Companies.
This answer can vary by individual employer. But the primary reason is always the same. In Agriculture, there are types of businesses that find it difficult, if not impossible, to have a steady, reliable, domestic labor force. As such, they supply (or supplement) their labor force with foreign labor.
The work has to be agricultural in nature and seasonal/temporary in nature. The type of agricultural work can vary from the construction of the agricultural confinement facilities (such as hog barns, chicken barns, etc…) to the cultivation and harvesting of crops. If you want to know if your business is qualifies, give Farmer & Farmer a call today to receive free information.
You don’t. Almost all H-2A employers will be audited by the Department of Labor Wage & Hour Division. The best thing you can do is know you are going to be audited and act accordingly.
During an audit you will be contacted by the Department of Labor (DOL) and they will let you know you have been chosen to be audited. The more labor certifications and more employees you have, the more likely you are to be audited regularly. After the DOL reaches out to you, they will want to schedule an initial interview. During an initial interview, you will be asked pages and pages of questions. The DOL is attempting to get to know you and your company at this point. They will likely show up with more than one DOL Investigator to ask you questions about your company, your workers, your program as a whole. They can request a tremendous amount of information and, technically, they can require you to have it back to them within the next 72 hours. However, these auditors are human, they know it will likely take you much more time than that to gather all the requested information. As such, you should work your hardest to provide the documentation requested by the DOL. Should you not, you may be debarred from the program (not allowed to continue to use the program). Generally speaking, the DOL is not interested in debarring employers. It is a difficult and expensive process if the employer is fighting it. The DOL is interested in making sure you are (1) not hurting American jobs; (2) doing everything on your job order and contracts with your workers; (3) paying the workers the correct amount (no more no less); (4) abiding by the safety procedures required by US Law (not so much on job sites but more from a sanitation, housing, and transportation perspective); and (5) They want to see improvement in your H-2A compliance from audit to audit. This is a process for which you desperately need an attorney, so call us today if you are being audited.
Most companies find their workers by referrals provided by current employees. However, if you need help finding workers, this is a service Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm, P.L.L.C.can provide.
The Ag Act of 2017 is a proposal to have have certain H-2 visa workers be able to work year round. This bill is aimed at helping industries, such as dairy, poultry, and swine, that have a very difficult time filling their labor needs with a legal labor force.
The essence of this bill is very good, it supplies labor by utilizing foreign labor, to supplement the American labor, and not let our precious resources go to waste.
As it is right now, possibly, but it needs work. There is a major issue with the H-2C visa program as amended in Congress. It has a numerical cap. The cap is much higher than the number of H-2A visas given yearly here in the United States. However, that is because much of the agriculture industry still utilizes illegal workers. If the H-2C program passes as is, many agricultural employers would fire their undocumented workforce and bring up H-2C visa workers. This would be a good thing if it wasn’t for the numerical cap. However, this would cause the numerical cap to be hit very quickly every year and employers would still be forced to utilize undocumented workers. However, call your Congressman today and urge the lifting of the numerical cap. The very purpose of guest worker programs, such as the H-2 programs, is to supplement American jobs. There is no need for a numerical cap because these jobs should be given to Americans first anyways. So a numerical cap should be irrelevant because every worker brought in should be needed to fully utilize our agricultural resources.
Find answers to related subjects and fields of our legal practice. This answer you will find can vary by depending on the field or type of visa you are applying for. If any of the information is not sufficient for your needs please call our offices and one of our representatives will assist you as soon as possible.
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