Nearly 5,000 Guatemalans Have Benefited From Temporary Work This Year

The program's main goal is to connect Guatemalans with employment opportunities in the foreign labor market.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Brenda Larios -AGN-. The Temporary Work Program of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare -Mintrab- has benefited nearly five thousand Guatemalans.

In its official networks, the Ministry of Labor stated, “The temporary work program links efficient Guatemalan workers with the demand of the foreign labor market. In 2023, more than 4,500 Guatemalan workers were placed in formal and proper employment outside the country.”

Mintrab seeks to promote regular, orderly, safe, and circular migration through the Temporary Labor Program.

Temporary Visas

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs -Minex- reported that 25 thousand Guatemalan temporary workers work in Mexico. These Guatemalans work in the harvesting and cutting coffee in Chiapas, Mexico. The number of beneficiaries this year is expected to increase.

They are part of the Temporary Work Program promoted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mintrab.

This year, temporary visas were granted to work in countries such as:

  • The United States
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Germany

Authorities urge Guatemalans to verify the legality of the recruiter that will provide the service, which can be done through the digital site, to avoid exposure to scams related to these actions.

About the Program

The strengthening of the Temporary Work Program was made official in May 2021. It aims to link Guatemalans with employment opportunities generated in the foreign labor market and promote regular, orderly, safe, and circular migration so that people are not exposed to dangers during travel.

For this reason, Guatemala and the United States have joint labor agreements and have granted H-2A (agricultural) and H-2B (non-agricultural) visas.

Applicants can contact Mintrab, which designed and implemented the manual systems and databases.

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