Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Karl Samuda has pledged to grow the Overseas
Employment Programme to 30,000 participants over the next four years.
Each year, approximately 7,000 Jamaicans participate in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security
led programme on H-2A (Agricultural) and H-2B (Hospitality) visas. Another 6,000 Jamaicans are
placed in the US by private employment agencies.
“We recognize the transformative power of this programme in the lives of participants, their families
and their communities. So, we want to aggressively grow the programme from 13,000 to 30,000
participants over the next four years. However, as we do so, we must ensure that our workers have
the necessary protections,” said Minister Samuda.
Minister Samuda met with officials from the Department of State, the Department of Labour and
the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C on Wednesday, July 14 and discussed
the expansion of the programme, as well as the provision of Health Insurance for H-2A Agricultural
“The meetings have been successful and we will continue to dialogue with the US government. They
are committed to this mutually beneficial programme and importantly, they have agreed to review
some of the regulations especially as they relate to the provision of Insurance for our workers,”
Minister Samuda concluded.
Minister Samuda also met with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey
Marks, as well as Jamaicans in the diaspora, who have committed to playing their part to facilitating
the expansion of the programme.
Over the next two days, Minister Samuda will meet with potential employers in Washington, D.C
and Miami, Florida
Source: Ministry of Labour and Social Security