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Old July 26th, 2017, 10:42 PM
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Hi there, I am thinking about applying for a job on a cruise ship. I am getting conflicting information. I am a German citizen with a green card and kived and worked in the US for over 20 years. I understand that there are US and Foreign flagged ship and they have different policies on hiring non US citizen. Thank you in advance for any advice you can give me
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Old April 3rd, 2018, 10:11 AM
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You won't find many US flagged cruise ships. They're just too expensive to operate. Because of the Jones Act, any ship that trades between US ports must be flagged American, American owned, and employ only American crew. Foreign crew from countries with low average incomes (Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, India etc.) can afford to work on board for a few thousand a month. Most Americans would demand two to three times that. Multiply that by a thousand crew, and you've got A HUGE problem (crew is arguably the highest cost for a cruise line).

You'll find most cruise lines are foreign flagged, and you need a C1/D1 visa to work on them unless they are only doing non American ports.
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Old April 3rd, 2018, 07:49 PM
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Most cruise lines are quite happy to hire German Passport holders. They have a very good reputation with the major lines.
American passport holders are far less desirable, and are rarely hired unless the ship is American flagged.

Yes, a C1D visa is necessary for most foreign crew. Even if the ship does not call at US Ports, the cruise line wants every Crewmember to have one in case they are transferred to another ship.
German citizens have no problem getting this visa. Green Card holders may not even need one.
In any case, the cruise line generally will apply for the visa for you.
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