drz(aka "Doc") I have about 30 guys & girls that I employ from overseas and I pay for their work visas to work on my crews. I can relate to US immigrant policy being long & lengthy and rediculous, that's why I pay for their work visas - this gives them a foot in and credibility if/when they want to relocate. In turn they are some of my best too - they appreciate being welcomed and given an opportunity to prove their worth.( I've had only one instance of a person abusing the process and I wouldn't renew his contract on next gig.) I also require a level of expertise per depts and pay is relevant to the job not per color or country of origin. I pay my staffs extremely well regardless of US or non US employee. I require English speaking & more importantly being able to read stage plots & schematics - communication is critical and they have to be able to interact between the depts (audio, video, lighting, rigging, wardrobe, security, catering & production) We have 2 crews we jokingly call the "league of nations" because they are a "motley" bunch but they get the job done and they do it well. And the bottom line is making & keeping the client happy. "It's their trainset"