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Introduction to the Immigration Visa Process for Artists and Arts Organizations

  • Thursday, January 29, 2015
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • 2015 J Street, Suite 204 Sacramento, CA 95811


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Introduction to the Immigration Visa Process for Artists and Arts Organizations

With Ann Kanter, Esq.

This workshop will provide an introduction to the immigration visa process for artists and arts organizations and answer these fundamental questions:
  • How does the basic immigration system work for visual and performing artists who are foreign nationals?
  • What are the obligations of a sponsoring arts organization and what are the costs and time frames?
  • What are the main temporary visa categories for artists and what is “extraordinary ability” in the arts?
  • What is a “dual intent” visa and what are the steps to apply for permanent residence and U.S. citizenship?
  • Will the executive actions announced recently by the Obama administration open any new avenues for artists?
  • What low-cost resources are available to arts organizations and when is it advisable to consult an immigration attorney?
Ann Kanter , Esq. is a State-certified specialist in Sacramento, California with concentration in employment-based and family-based immigration law, and the principal of Kanter Immigration Law Office. She has been chosen by her peers as a Northern California Superlawyer annually since 2006 and has been practicing immigration law continuously since 1975. She is a past national board member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and a former Visiting Professor at U.C. Davis Law School. The author of numerous legal articles, she is also a creative nonfiction writer and was selected for the Squaw Valley Writers Conference and Naropa University Summer Writing Program. Ann is a longtime supporter of California Lawyers for the Arts and an advisory board member.



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