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The H-2A guestworker program allows agricultural employers to hire workers from other countries on temporary work permits for agricultural jobs that last ten months or less. To bring in H-2A guestworkers, employers must first show that they have tried and are unable to find U.S. workers to meet their labor needs. Although the H-2A program includes some basic requirements to protect U.S. workers from negative effects on their wages and working conditions, as well as protect foreign workers from exploitation, the structure of the H-2A program, including the dependence of H-2A workers on their employers, is inherently flawed and leads to a system that it is rife with abuse of both foreign and domestic workers. To read more about how the restricted status of guestworkers creates a situation ripe for abuses, visit our guestworker programs overview page. For an in-depth analysis of the H-2A program’s flaws, read Farmworker Justice’s report, No Way to Treat a Guest.