Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Immigration agency working to fix visa denials to artists, others - latimes.com

Immigration agency working to fix visa denials to artists, others - latimes.com

The nation's immigration chief has launched a effort to quell the outcry from Hollywood and the performing arts community about a spike in visa denials, processing delays and requests for evidence to support their petitions to bring in leading foreign artists for U.S. performances.

In the last year, immigration attorneys across the nation have loudly complained about mounting roadblocks for performance visas from the California service center, which processes petitions for so-called O and P visas for artists and researchers of extraordinary ability.

The Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles had to cancel scheduled performances last year of an Argentine music group because California immigration officials challenged whether its fusion of Jewish klezmer music and tango met the requirement to be "culturally unique."

COMMENTS:

Julio Childers:
Good, there are too many foreign artist that are already allowed in and take away funds for American artists. Are we as a society so inept that that feel they have to bring outsiders to make us what "more worldly". If anybody wants to see these groups then travel to their natural setting and enjoy them where you can see the world.

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