U.S. to offer 300,000 work visas for Mexicans, Central Americans - Mexican official


FILE PHOTO: Migrants seeking for a U.S. work visa are seen waiting in a park of downtown of Monterrey, Mexico March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States will announce an offer of 300,000 work visas to Mexicans and Central Americans when the Mexican president visits Washington next month, Mexico's interior minister said Wednesday.

"Every day we're talking with the American government," Interior Minister Adan Augusto Lopez said in a speech while on a visit to the border town of Tijuana, where he met business leaders. Media reported parts of his speech.

"The American government agreed to first grant 300,000 temporary work visas, 150,000 of which will be for Mexicans or foreigners who are in Mexico today waiting for the possibility of migrating north," Lopez said.

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

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

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is set to meet his U.S. counterpart, Joe Biden, in Washington in July.

(Reporting by Kylie Madry; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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