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INFOGRAPHIC: The Nearshore → US Talent Pipeline

The Nearshore is rich in resources, both natural and human. US companies have known this for years, and their awareness of the fact has resulted in a steady flow of talent (both temporary and potentially permanent) from Latin America and the Caribbean into the US throughout the years. 

The following infographic means to represent those talent flows by focusing on the number of work visas issued by the US government to nationals from several Nearshore countries. 

The information displayed below covers the total of visas issued between FY2017 and FY2022. The numbers for each country include H-1B (specialty occupations), H-2B (temporary, non-agricultural workers) and H-3 (non-migrant trainee) visas without specifying the industry or type of activity that the document was issued for. 

Fourteen countries are represented in the infographic. Our research covered 22 countries originally, but eight were left out due to low number of visas (less than 1,000) received during the period. These countries are Uruguay, Guyana, Bolivia, St. Lucia, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, Nicaragua and Belize. All of these received a total of 2,817 visas between FY2017 and FY2022.

While not included in the infographic, some data points gathered during our research are worth noting: 

  • At the close of FY2017, the US government issued a total of 84,430 H-1B, H-2B and H3 visas to nationals from the 22 countries covered in our research. 
    • By the end of FY2022, that number reached 121,767, or 34% more than in FY2017.  
  • In FY2021, the US government issued 90,902 of the visa types covered here. 
    • The number of visas issued between FY2021 and FY2022 grew 31%.

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For more data on migrant and non-migrant visas issued by the US government, you can visit the Department of State’s online repository.


Cesar Cantu

Cesar is the Managing Editor of Nearshore Americas. He's a journalist based in Mexico City, with experience covering foreign trade policy, agribusiness and the food industry in Mexico and Latin America.

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