Recruitment Laws

Mexico's Labor Code Articles 28 and 25 regulates the recruiting of Mexican nationals to work abroad.

Migration to the United States

Since the mid 1800's, Mexican nationals have been coming to the US and providing labor. The 1940's saw the creation of the US guest worker program that came to be known as the "Bracero" program. In the 1980's the guest workers program was revised and the H2 program was created - the US guest worker programs for non-professional workers, which is a form of documented migration on the basis of granting temporary worker visas.

Temporary Worker Programs in Canada

Canada also runs guestworker programs similar to the US, with its Caribbean and Mexican Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP) and Foreign Worker Program (FWP). The SWAP program is for agricultural migrant workers, and the FWP covers non-farm worker, low-and medium-skilled workers.

Mexican Migrant Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program (SAWP)

Migrant Workers to Mexico

Mexico itself has a form of migrant worker program for Guatemalan migrant workers in the Mexican state of Chiapas. These are Guatemalan migrants registered as agricultural migrant workers and employed on farms within the Mexican state of Chiapas.26


1.   Nonimmigrants Admitted As Temporary Workers, Exchange Visitors, and Intracompany Transferees By Region And Country Of Birth: Fiscal Year 1998-TABLE 40, Office of Immigration Statistics (Dep't of Homeland Security),


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Recruitment Rules: Countries of Employment

"Recruitment Rules: Countries of Employment" details the legal framework for international labor recruitment in four common temporary work programs - the United States nonimmigrant H-2A (agricultural) and H-2B (nonagricultural) visas, and the Canadian Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the bilateral Special Program for Agricultural Workers with Mexico and Caribbean nations.


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