Salvadorans benefited from labor contracts in the United States
The American company Trident Seafoods visited El Salvador on February 21-23, conducting interviews and offering temporary jobs to Salvadoran workers at their fish processing plants in Alaska. This is part of the H2 visa program, an initiative developed by the United States government to help Salvadoran workers find legal and temporary jobs in the United States, while also helping American companies find employees.
During the three-day visit to El Salvador, the company interviewed a total of 281 candidates, 268 of whom were hired by the company. It is expected that these workers will soon be able to obtain an H2B visa and travel to Alaska, where they will process fish between June and October 2022.
“The program caught my attention because it offers a lot of opportunities. I work in the fishery. I think it’s a good opportunity because it’s something that has never been given before,” said Julio Barrera, a candidate for these specialized positions.
Applicant Pablo Castillo also expressed his satisfaction with the opportunities offered to Salvadoran workers. “This is good news to be able to find a better way of life, work for our families and improve our lives,” he said.
Scott Mitton, representative of Trident Seafoods, highlighted the potential of the Salvadoran workers. “The reason we are in El Salvador is because we have a good record of Salvadorans working in fish companies in the United States. They are very good workers, they work very hard and have good ethics,” he admitted. This is the American company’s second recruitment trip to El Salvador. In the first, in November 2022, 180 job interviews were conducted and a total of 172 employees were hired.
Trident employs approximately 1,850 H2B employees each year at its 12 different processing facilities across the United States. Trident operates six large fish processing vessels at sea.