Hemp businesses using temporary foreign workers are going to see changing fee schedules for visas starting this fall.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security published a series of fee changes for visas on Monday. Visa programs are funded by user fees, which must be updated to cover costs.
- $460 to $850 for named agricultural labor visas, called H2A visas. That’s an increase of 85%.
- $460 to $715 for named non-agricultural seasonal labor visas, called H2B visas. That’s an increase of 55%.
Fees are going down for employers seeking visas for so-called unnamed beneficiaries, a new distinction in seasonal work visas for 2020. For unnamed beneficiaries, background checks are done later, with the workers likely being charged for the service. Those fees are changing:
- $460 to $415 for agricultural labor visas (H2A). That’s a decrease of 10%.
- $460 to $385 for non-agricultural seasonal labor visas (H2B). That’s a decrease of 16%.
The agency is also starting a $10 fee reduction for applicants who submit forms online. The changes take effect Oct. 1.