HONDURAS AN EMPLOYMENT DESTINATION

In the present century the traditional migratory currents have experienced profound changes due to the new international dynamics, as a result we have the acceleration of the economic globalization, generating more migrant workers. Regarding this, the integration process and the emergence of new migrant phenomena’s, the States are required the readjusting of the regulatory framework in order to be consistent with policies to protect the rights of migrants at an international level and respect their labor guarantees.
Work as we all know, occupies a fundamental place in our lives, it is what gives us a sense of purpose and identity, and allows us to earn an income that meets our material needs. It is also one of the main mechanisms we use to relate to other people; work is an individual responsibility as much as a social activity at the same time.
Like in the rest of the world, in Honduras international migration is an event that happens constantly. The largest destinations for labor migration occur in the United States, Spain and Canada, however our country is still attractive for foreign companies to open operations and migrate their workers here.
In our country foreigners enjoy the same rights that Hondurans have, with the faculties and limitations that our normative framework and the International Conventions that we are part of, for example the «MIGRANT WORKERS CONVENTION» which in synthesis stipulates that the ratifying States must facilitate international migration for employment, establishing and maintaining information for migrant workers, and taking measures against deceptive propaganda about emigration and immigration.

Honduras, through the Immigration Institute, guarantees equal opportunities and treatment in occupation and employment with resident migrant workers who are legally in the territory; even though the temporary work visa is not included in our Migration and Immigration Law, the migratory category of employed by a natural person or company does exist. This category is the one through which the foreigner requests his/her authorization to engage in remunerated activities and to be hired by a private company or government institute.

The process for this kind of special permission is carried out by the interested party through his/her Attorney, and this procedure is with the ends of obtaining a Special Permanent Permit as foreigners hired by a private company or government institute. Article 39, numerals 9 and 10, of the Migration and Immigration Law, and Article 69 of its rules of procedure. In the case of migrant workers, the authorization will be granted in consultation with the Secretary of State in the Labor and Social Security Dispatches.
It is important to highlight that the national statistics, reflect that only three hundred foreigners of different nationalities have «official permission» to work legally in the country, of a total record of thirty one thousand two hundred and twenty according to an official report of the INM, regarding its economic activity at a national level. Of these three hundred foreigners with their legal permit, two hundred and forty two are men and eighty eight are women, who work in different work activities.

At Lexincorp Central American Law Firm, we provide our professional services and advice all foreigners who work in Honduras. We have a body of lawyers trained to support you in the management of work permits before the different government institutes, our efficiency and effectiveness service guarantees your legalization in the briefest amount of time. If you need to process a work permit in Honduras in any of its categories, you can contact us at mmatuty@lexincorp.com

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