Nonimmigrant Business Visas and Adjustment of Status: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy of the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, Ninety-Seventh Congress, First Session on Nonimmigrant Business Visas and Adjustment of Status, December 11, 1981   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the opening statement of the Hon. Alan K. Simpson, a U.S. Senator from the State of Wyoming, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Immigration and Refugee Policy: "We will now continue the hearings on the various aspects of the Immigration Act. We are focusing today on an increasingly important area of concern, and that is the non immigrant visas generally used by executives and technical personnel to obtain entrance into the United States. These visas are more popularly known by the letters of their subsections in the INA. B-l, visitor for business; E-l and E-2, treaty traders and treaty investors; H-l, persons of distinguished merit and ability; and the L visas, geared to the multinational corporations. Not to mention the ones I left out, which sound like alphabet soup, A through what, J? Yes, the rest. We have heard of the importance of these visas in connection with American business and growth and our economy and those issues. Conversely, we have heard of the abuse of these visas. The use of them where American skilled personnel is already available and for the purpose of entering the United States for other than temporary purposes, and this raises then the adjustment of status question: Should one be able to adjust status within these non immigrant categories, or adjust to an immigrant category? This can be done under the present law. These adjustments take up a good portion of INS time and encourage the rather prevalent idea that once you get to the United States, there is a way to stay there, and we have found throughout 16 hearings that that is a rather prevalent note in America's immigration and refugee policies: Just get there." Materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Harold J. Ammond, Diego C. Asencio, Sam Bernsen, William F. Cagney, Irwin Feerst, Charles C. Foster, Austin T. Fragomen, Richard Goldstein, Esther M. Kaufman, and Doris Meissner.

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