Temporary Work Program Benefited Over 8,000 Guatemalans in 4 Years of Government

The main objective is to connect Guatemalans with opportunities for dignified employment in the foreign job market.

by Victor Cojulún

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN- The Guatemalan central government has reported that over 8,000 Guatemalans have benefited from the Temporary Work Program, which promotes regular migration through circular mobility.

Through its official channels, the Government of Guatemala informed that the Temporary Work Program, coordinated by the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare -Mintrab- and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex-, has connected more than 8,000 Guatemalans with employment opportunities abroad through optional, safe, and orderly migration.

These results show exponential growth in creating new jobs, contributing significantly to the country’s sustainable economic development.

Temporary Visas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex- reported that 25,000 Guatemalan temporary workers are currently laboring in Mexico.

Thanks to the Temporary Work Program, these Guatemalan workers are currently harvesting and cutting coffee in Chiapas, Mexico. Authorities expect this number to increase this year.

Authorities also informed that countries like the United States, Canada, Spain, and Germany granted temporary visas for workers this year.

Guatemalans seeking employment abroad should verify the legitimacy of recruiters through a digital portal provided by the authorities to avoid exposure to scams related to this service.

About the Program

The Temporary Work Abroad program was formally strengthened in May 2021. The program’s primary objective is to connect Guatemalans with opportunities for dignified employment generated in the foreign job market.

It also promotes regular, orderly, safe, and circular migration, ensuring that migrants are not exposed to dangers during the journey.

Guatemala and the United States maintain joint agreements to promote work and have granted H-2A agricultural and H-2B non-agricultural visas.

Additionally, interested individuals should contact the Ministry of Labor, the department that designed and implemented manual systems and databases.

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