Hiring Foreign Workers
Employers can bring foreign workers into the US for temporary or seasonal employment under the federal H-2A and H-2B programs, as long as they meet certain requirements. Approval from several government organizations is required, and there are some criteria that require approval from us.
Foreign Labor Certification
The Department of Labor (DOL) Office Foreign Labor Certification allows businesses to apply to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) for certification to hire foreign workers.
If an employer has or anticipates a shortage of domestic workers, they can use one of the following labor certification programs:
We help the DOL administer these programs in California.
For More Information
- U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Office of Foreign Labor Certification
- Immigration and Nationality Act Amendments of 1986
Contact the EDD
For additional information about the H-2A or H-2B programs, contact us:
- H-2A Program Information
Phone: 1-916-653-4471 or 1-916-654-9315
- H-2B Program Information
Phone: 1-916-653-3560 or 1-916-654-9315
Last Revised: 08/06/2021