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33 minutes ago, Lugnut said:

Totally ignorant regarding labor issues, but since RCCL ships are flagged in Liberia don't they sidestep US labor laws? 

The new hires still need to be legally in the USA and legally able to work on a US-based cruise ship.

 

 

As an aside, anyone know a typical (pre-covid) turnaround time it would be from hire to their first day working?

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20 minutes ago, smokeybandit said:

As an aside, anyone know a typical (pre-covid) turnaround time it would be from hire to their first day working?

It varies greatly with country of citizenship but I've heard of folks who spent over 12 months going through all the hoops and getting approved for the USA C1/D visa from the time they were first qualified as a candidate and made an offer.    In some countries this can mean traveling great distances to visit the Embassy in their home country which can become a multi day trip in itself.  For Europe, Asia and Australia based ships they don't need a C1/D from the USA until it's time for the ship to come to America.  It may be quicker to get a visa to work in other regions, I'm not really sure.

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1 hour ago, Lugnut said:

Totally ignorant regarding labor issues, but since RCCL ships are flagged in Liberia don't they sidestep US labor laws? 

To work as crew on a ship that calls on US ports requires a C-1/D visa from the USA.  One part of that is a transit C-1 visa so they can fly here and board the ship to work or vice versa to fly home.  The other part, the D visa is to enter the country as a crew member on a vessel.  Think beyond cruise ships, all types have foreign ships have crew on them that would need a D visa such as tankers, cargo ships, etc.  

Airlines have the same requirement for foreign crew that work on airlines coming to the US although they may not need the C-1 transit visa, just the D crew visa.

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas/other-visa-categories/crewmember-visa.html

This webpage has a wait time calculator for an appointment.  Manila in the Philippines shows 35 days for example.  Toronto, Canada 245 days, Ottawa Canada 60 days.  So a Canadian desiring a C-1/D visa who lived in Toronto would be best to visit Ottawa.  That's not too bad, a 6 hour drive, but for a Vancouver resident they are at 162 days and if they wanted to shortcut that by going to Ottawa requires flights and hotels at their own expense.

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