US suspends visa application processing in Mexico
The US government is suspending visa processing in Mexico to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
There are reports that new applications will not be processed for the H2A guest worker program and only returning seasonal workers will be allowed to enter the US.
The USDA is reassuring farm groups that the administration is doing everything possible to maintain continuity of the H-2A program.
In a statement to Brownfield, a spokesperson said the USDA is directly engaged with the State Department and working diligently to ensure minimal disruption in H-2A visa applications during these uncertain times.
The spokesperson said the U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey announced that they will prioritize the processing of returning H-2A workers who are eligible for an interview waiver and the administration will continue to examine what authorities are available while ensuring public safety and health.
In 2019, 258,000 immigrant workers were approved under the H-2A guest worker program.