|Quoting Simpilicity (Reply 4):|
Can foreign crews be used a U.S. domestic sector which is a continuation of on international sector? & where is the LINE drawn?
Okay this is the 4th time I have written about this on A.net and the second time this week.
Japan and Korea are visa waiver countries. Japanese and Koreans only need a passport and a customs form for entry into the U.S. They can stay for up to 90 days. They do not need a tourist visa. Almost everyone else in Asia needs a visa. (I believe HKG
residents still have the rights from the colony days and are visa waiver).
Japanese flight attendents are hired under JAPANESE law with JAPANESE contracts. Which means that NW
must by japanese law pay into the national insurance and retirement funds. (No sidestepping here). These flight attendents can fly routes that originate in Japan or have Japan as their destination.
The biggest issues for having cheap foreign crews fly on U.S. Domestic are Labor laws and visa. Once they start working within the United States, they need a green card/working visa. To have a green card, they must have a residence in the U.S. which means they are entitled to U.S. Labor laws and the rights of comparable means to their U.S. native counterpart. Failing to do so would be a violation of the bill of rights and thus unconstitutional.
There are many here who talk about NW
hiring more foreigners to fly both international and even in Domestic. The only way that this will happen is if the U.S. labor and the Immigration laws are greatly overhauled. If that happens, every company will be hiring foreigners to work on U.S. soil and firing U.S. citizens. But that would be more like indentured slavery...unconstituional.
Its not like making shoes in Thailand. They will not see or work on U.S. soil.
I am not sure how it works for foreign carriers, but many of those companies I believe have special visas for their crews. They cannot however engage in employment while on U.S. soil during this time.
My name is Centrair but HND is closer. Let's Japanese Aviation!