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Artist Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas

  • Saturday, January 14, 2012
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (free garage parking available)


  • $15 at the door
  • $10 at the door
    Student ID and Drivers License Required at Sign-In.
  • $25 at the door

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Artist Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas
with Pamela Forster, Esq.

This workshop will cover what artists who are non-U.S. citizens and non-legal permanent residents need to know about how to apply for and obtain U.S. work authorization. This workshop is for above- and below-the-line entertainment industry professionals, musicians, visual artists, and performing artists.  We will cover the eligibility requirements, procedural aspects, and nuances of the applications for the O and P non-immigrant (temporary) classifications, and the EB-1 extraordinary ability and EB-2 exceptional ability immigrant (permanent) classifications. We will conclude with a Q & A session.

Pamela Forster, Esq. has 14 years of experience in immigration law with an emphasis on visas for artists and related professionals in the arts and entertainment industries. Ms. Forster formed her own law firm, Valente Law, in 2003, in downtown Beverly Hills, California, as a boutique firm uniquely positioned to handle a wide range of entertainment and immigration transactional matters for U.S. and foreign talent and business individuals and companies in the motion picture, television, live performance/recording, visual arts, and publishing industries. Foreign-born nationals in the entertainment industry can benefit from Ms. Forster’s immigration law expertise, which enables her to properly advise in both areas of entertainment and immigration thereby streamlining the legal process. Ms. Forster is Co-chair Emeritus of the Entertainment Law Section of the Beverly Hills Bar Association, the largest organization of entertainment law attorneys in the world.  She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Immigration Law Section and a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.



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