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NPPC Comments on Visa Process Used to Fill Hog Farm Jobs
USAgNet - 10/18/2021

In comments that will be submitted to the U.S. Department of State, the National Pork Producers Council is calling on immigration officials to establish a better system for considering and adjudicating applications for a visa widely used to fill hog farm jobs.

Created under the North American Free Trade Agreement, the TN visa allows Canadian and Mexican professionals to temporarily fill specific job openings in the United States.

NPPC has received reports that eligible applicants have been denied entry into the country for no cause and cannot appeal such decisions. Other evidence suggests applicants have been rejected because of subjective interpretations of having “sufficient ties” to their home country and about their intent to return to it. (In one case, a veterinarian with a clinic in Mexico was denied a TN visa and told the decision was final.)

NPPC also made the State Department aware of a dramatic increase in audit calls to employers from visa processing officials, which delayed the disposition of visa applications by several months.

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