Rep. Tom Reed reminds H-2A program users that they can now prepare and file their H-2A applications electronically if they so choose. Reed's proposed reform for electronic H-2A application filing was part of his Family Farm Relief Act.
"The online system will streamline the entire process, helping our farmers receive up-to-date information on their application status while ensuring that they have the help they need during their busiest seasons," Reed said. "This is common sense reform that will benefit our family farms which are critical to the Upstate economy."
In September, Reed introduced the Family Farm Relief Act in the House of Representatives in a bipartisan manner with Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY20) and Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY23). The idea for the electronic filing system came from Reed's discussions with the Department of Labor on how to decrease time and expense for the agriculture community.
"Our towns rely on farmers not just for food, but the economic activity generated by farms," Reed continued. "Anything we can do to help allow farmers more time to do what they do best, grow and produce the food and commodities we need, is worth doing."
H-2A applications can be prepared and filed through the iCERT Portal System at icert.doleta.gov/. For more information about electronic preparing and filing in the H-2A program, participants can visit the dedicated program webpage: www.foreignlaborcert.doleta.gov/h2ah2b-icert-rollout.cfm.