[Congressional Record: September 6, 2001 (Extensions)]
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PROVIDING FOR WORK AUTHORIZATION FOR NONIMMIGRANT SPOUSES OF
HON. JOHN CONYERS, JR.
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, September 5, 2001
Mr. CONYERS. Mr. Speaker, I support passage of this legislation,
which makes two positive changes to immigration law. First, because of
how current immigration law operates, multi-national companies are
having a difficult time encouraging overseas employees to work in the
United States. This is because U.S. law would not permit the spouses of
those employees to work here; in essence, if the employee wants to
relocate to the United States with a spouse, that spouse would have to
give up his or her career. The effect is to deny such families the
ability to seek two incomes and to limit our revenues from taxing that
second income. To rectify this, H.R. 2278 changes the law so that
spouses of intra-company transferees can work in the United States.
Second, current law requires that intra-company transferees be
continuously employed in the United States for one year before being
eligible for permanent residency here. This long waiting period makes
it difficult for employers to bring qualified employees to the United
States. H.R. 2278 corrects this situation by reducing the waiting
period to six months. This bill is good for immigrant families, and it
is good for employers.
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