On Thursday, December 22, 2011, the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration issued a notice to announce the new wage rates for temporary and seasonal nonimmigrant foreign workers in the U.S. under the H-2A visa program. These wage rates, known as the Adverse Effect Wage Rates (AEWRs), provide guidance regarding the minimum amount that foreign seasonal workers here on the H-2A visa program must be paid for their work so that the wages of similarly employed U.S. citizens will not be adversely affected.
The notice took effect on December 22; wage rates can be seen at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-12-22/pdf/2011-32842.pdf.
The Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification is reminding petitioners of the holiday schedule for United Parcel Service (UPS). UPS will not be providing delivery or pick-up services on Friday, December 23, 2011. All petitioners, DOL states, should make sure they submit their correspondence in a timely fashion to the Chicago National Processing Center to ensure UPS pick-up scheduling over the holiday week.
The Chicago National Processing Center will work hard to ensure that all H-2A and H-2B deadlines for December 23 and 26, 2011, are met by December 22, 2011. It is important that petitions and other requests are sent with the UPS schedule in mind.