If you are hurt while working, while traveling to work, or while in the labor camp, you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This is an insurance program your employer must provide for you under your contract.
The insurance pays your medical bills and some of your lost wages if you cannot work. If you are injured:
You should be able to continue to receive benefits and treatment even after you return home. It can be harder to get benefits and medical care when you are home, but a lawyer may be able to help you. If you are injured and return home before you are well or before you receive all of your benefits, you can call one of our offices for help.
Your boss must give you free housing in the labor camp. The person in charge of the labor camp is responsible for making sure that the housing meets health standards, is inspected, and has a government-issued permit.
There are many federal and state labor camp requirements, including the following:
There are more requirements that are not listed here.
The rules and responsibilities of living in the camp should be posted where everyone can see them. You may call us for more information.
If your boss wants to extend the amount of time you are working in the United States, your boss must request permission from U.S. Immigration before your visa expires. If the extension is approved, then your boss must give you a copy of the extension.
If you and your boss do not follow these rules, and you stay in the U.S. longer tna eyour visa allows, you may be denied a future visa to come to the United States. Do not stay longer than your visa allows. You may call one of our offices if you have questions.
Some contract workers need to return home because of a family emergency. You always have the right to leave the U.S. early. However, your H-2A visa allows only one entry into the United States.
If you want to return home and then come back during the same season, Immigration needs to approve your trip before you leave. Getting immigration approval is a formal process that could take some time. Your boss must agree that you can miss work and you would need to buy a round trip plane ticket. The process is not easy and you need the help of a lawyer.
If you leave the United States without following the rules, you may never be able to come back. You may call one of our offices if you have questions.