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The Directors Guild of America and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees have applauded the passage of a bill to prevent fraudulent U.S. visas from being issued to foreign directors and crew members.
The House of Representatives approved the bi-partisan legislation — H.R. 3636, the Oversee Visa Integrity with Stakeholder Advisories (O-Visa) Act — on Monday. The bill now goes to the U.S. Senate.
If enacted, the legislation would require the Department of Homeland Security to notify the DGA and IATSE of approvals or denials of the O visas for foreign directors and crew members seeking to work on films and TV series shot in the U.S.
“This bipartisan bill is an important step in providing a level of transparency that will help ensure the security and integrity of the USCIS-administered O-1B and O-2 visa program which admits foreign directors, members of the director’s team, and craftspeople with extraordinary ability to temporarily work in the U.S on motion picture production,” the DGA and IATSE said.
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The O visa program was established by Congress in 1990 to temporarily admit foreign directors, members of the director’s team, craftspeople, artists and athletes to include “who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education,...
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