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The U.S. and Guatemala are working together to create an H-2A Foreign Labor Recruiter program. As of July 22, 2019, the two countries have reached no agreement on developing the H-2A Foreign Labor Recruit program.

The nations hope that their efforts will address and perhaps stem the irregular migrant flow into the United States. If there are improved channels for regular migration, then there should be less incentive for irregular migration. According to the Joint Statement released by the Department of Homeland Security, this is precisely the goal of the impending H-2FA Foreign Labor Recruitment program, along with other agreements.

“The U.S. and Guatemala share a common cause in confronting the ongoing border security and humanitarian criss so that both governments can promote security and prosperity throughout the region.” (Read the full statement here).

According to the Wall Street Journal, Guatemala is now the largest source of illegal migrant flow into the United States, with Joyabaj at its core.

What is an H-2A Visa?

Similar to an H-2B Visa, but with important differences, an H-2A visa allows an employer to bring foreign nationals to the United States to fill agricultural jobs. The H-2A Visa process takes several steps. First, an employer (the Petitioner) needs to apply with the U.S. Department of Labor for a temporary labor certification. Next, the employer submits Form I-129. Finally, the foreign national needs to apply for their visa and/or admission.

Thinking about applying for an H-2A visa? If so, Christians Law, PLLC is here to help.

Tyler Christians is an experienced employment-based immigration lawyer and can help you bring the foreign labor to the United States your company needs. Give us a call or text by clicking or tapping here, visit our contact page, or simply fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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