The US seeks to expedite the granting of visas to temporary workers from Central America and Haiti


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) reported Tuesday that it is working to expand the work in the processing of H-2B visas, corresponding to those who work temporary jobs in the United States.

“USAID is expanding support for the H-2B process in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador by creating additional capacities in national ministries responsible for connecting applicants with US companies,” the entity said in a statement.

The declaration constitutes intergovernmental support for the decision of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) of last December 20 to offer 6,500 temporary visas for non-agricultural workers for Guatemalans, Hondurans, Salvadorans and also Haitians.

The measure is embedded in the policy of the Democratic administration to establish an orderly and safe migration system and thus tackle the causes of irregular immigration, mainly from countries of the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America.

The update of the H-2B visa program, USAID said, allows workers to seek legal economic opportunities in the US and thus return to their countries, which “helps reduce irregular migration to the United States.”

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