Committee on International Relations
U.S. House of Representatives
Henry J. Hyde, Chairman
CONTACT: Sam Stratman, (202) 226-7875, February 2, 2004
For IMMEDIATE Release
Hyde to Examine Abuses in L-VISA Program
BACKGROUND - Since 1970, U.S. immigration law has included a category of visas that permits foreign national executives and managers of multinational corporations to work temporarily in the U.S. Ė the so-called "L-Visa." To qualify for an L-Visa, a foreign national must be employed by a company with operations in the United States and be an executive, manager or have specialized knowledge of the corporationís product or service. The number of L-Visas issued by the U.S. government has tripled during the past 20 years, to about 113,000 in 2002. A growing number of critics assert that the L-Visa program is wrought with abuse and fraud, including irregularities documented by our overseas diplomatic posts in China. Of particular concern is whether or not corporations are given an unfair advantage over domestic businesses by enabling them to recruit and bring to the U.S. lower-cost foreign labor and creating a cross-border "sweatshop."Advocates of reforming the L-Visa program argue that such visas should be limited to only top-level executives, and that mid-level managers and specialized personnel should be admitted only after a determination is made that comparable U.S. personnel are not adversely affected.
WHAT: Full Committee oversight hearing, L Visas: Losing Jobs Through Laissez-Faire Policies?
WHEN & WHERE: Wednesday, February 4, 2004, 2172 Rayburn HOB
WITNESSES: Daniel Stein, Executive Director, Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR); Harris Miller, President, The Information Technology Association of America; Michael W. Gildea, Executive Director, Department for Professional Employees, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); Sona Shah, Displaced Worker; and Pat Fluno, Displaced Worker.
Among the questions that will be addressed by the hearing:
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