Crewmen ("D-1")
 

With three exceptions, Immigration Act of 1990 prohibits alien crewmen from working as longshoremen while docked in ports in the US. The first exception allows alien crewman to load or unload hazardous cargoes for which the US Department of Transportation has issued appropriate safety and environment regulations.

The second exception allows alien crewman to work as longshoremen where this is the prevailing practice. This may be demonstrated by a collective bargaining agreement which covers at least 30% of the longshoremen, and which allows foreign crewman to engage in such practices.

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