US to offer 300,000 work visas to Mexicans and Central Americans – Mexican official

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Migrants seeking U.S. work visas are seen waiting in a park in downtown Monterrey, Mexico March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

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MEXICO CITY, June 22 (Reuters) – The United States will announce an offer of 300,000 work visas for Mexicans and Central Americans during the Mexican president’s visit to Washington next month, Mexico’s interior minister said on Wednesday.

“Every day we talk to the US government,” Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez said in a speech during a visit to the border city of Tijuana, where he met with business leaders. The media reported parts of his speech.

“The U.S. government has agreed to initially grant 300,000 temporary work visas, 150,000 of which will be for Mexicans or foreigners who are in Mexico today awaiting the opportunity to migrate north,” Lopez said. .

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The other 150,000 would be split proportionately among Central American nations, Lopez said.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Mexico did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is due to meet his American counterpart, Joe Biden, in Washington in July.

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Reporting by Kylie Madry; Editing by Robert Birsel

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