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Immigration and U.S. Visas for Creative Artists

  • Tuesday, September 10, 2013
  • 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401


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Immigration and U.S. Visas for Creative Artists:

How to Live and Work in the United States

with Lorraine D'Alessio, Esq. and Thomas J. Joy, Esq.

This presentation will provide an overview of the intersection between the Arts and Immigration Law. Details will include a review of current visa options available to foreign national artists, arts entrepreneurs and arts organizations.

Topics to be discussed (subject to change):

  1. Brief Overview of the Immigration System – Why an understanding of immigration is important

    1. Non-immigrant v. Immigrant Visas

    2. Common immigration misconceptions

    3. I-94 v. Visas

    4. Dual Intent Visas

  2. How to Obtain Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Visas for Artists

  3. What are the Expected Processing Times?

  4. Other Relevant Non-Immigrant Visa Options and for Arts Entrepreneurs

  5. Do’s and Dont's When Crossing the Border

  6. Practical Tips on Avoiding Fraud and Other Schemes

  7. Immigrant Visas (Green Card) Considerations


Lorraine P. D'Alessio, Esq.Attorney Lorraine P. D’Alessio holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in Political Science from the University of Toronto.  She went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, School of Policy Studies in Kingston, Canada. She also holds a US law degree from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, California. Mrs. D'Alessio is licensed to practice law in the United States and has been admitted to the State Bar of California.

Ms. D’Alessio practice is limited to immigration and nationality law and concentrates on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas for investors, artists, entertainers, musicians, actors, directors, producers and essential technical and creative personnel in the motion picture and television industries. Ms. D’Alessio routinely gives lectures throughout Canada on entertainment and investment immigration.

Thomas J. Joy, Esq. - Thomas J. Joy is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California and the College of Business Administration of Loyola University, Los Angeles, California. He has practiced law in California since 1976. His practice is limited to immigration and nationality law and concentrates on temporary and permanent business and employment related visas. In addition, his practice includes family related cases, consular processing and citizenship.

Mr. Joy has been interviewed on television and has published articles on various current immigration issues and has conducted seminars for corporations, law firms and professional organizations, both in and outside of the United States. He travels throughout the United States and the world representing clients at USCIS offices and US embassies and consulates. In addition, he advises and accompanies employers and recruiters on recruitment drives outside the United States.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council



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