This report was prepared as a supplemental resource for the first meeting of the International Labor Recruitment Working Group that took place at the George Washington University on October 17-18, 2011. The gathering focused on current issues in the international recruitment of workers to the United States and brought together individuals and organizations representing workers in a wide variety of industries.
The information presented in this report lays the foundation for a comparative analysis of non-immigrant visas used to employ foreign workers in the United States. First, the report identifies and briefly describes visas of special interest in the recruitment of foreign workers. Subsequently, the report provides information about common issues and abuses associated with each visa, as well as a description of the regulatory framework, including the agency in charge of overseeing each provision and, if appplicable, problems associated with each regulation and/or provision.