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Subject: Re: Visa difficulties for artists
From: Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Mon, 13 Mar 2017 20:00:03 -0400

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I am not clear on why the US government cannot make things easier for 
professionals who have to travel with a certain regularity to the US for 
business reasons.  (I'm not touching the third rail on the rest of the 
immigration issues.)   If nothing else, they could implement a ten year 
vetting thing, much like Argentina has, that allows these folks to go 
through the review / interview (if necessary) process one time and then it's 
done, over, finished, and these people can come and go as appropriate 
without fear or intimidation.

And part of me thinks even this is overkill but if it shuts up (pace) the 
fear-mongers and anti-other folks, it might be a reasonable compromise.

What we have now--and what we are looking forward to--is just not working.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Frank Cadenhead
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2017 4:04 PM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Visa difficulties for artists

We should know from this that, even before Trump, non-immigrants arriving on 
a tourist visa when they have a professional activity is a bad idea. The 
central issue is the new need for EVERYONE who wants a work visa to have a 
personal interview. Can you imagine a singer with a schedule all over the 
world for the next three years having to make time for this appointment? Any 
current visa waiver procedure will also be cancelled in three days. One 
interview for each appearance? These appointments were already very 
difficult to get. Now, suddenly, there will be a massive increase in demand 
and there will be certainly a very slow increase in staffing, if any. This 
is effective in three days. What about stars who are supposed to arrive in 
five days? I would not want to be an agent to any opera singer this week. If 
anyone has any specific information as to how these artists are supposed to 
enter the country on Thursday or after, please let us know.

Frank Cadenhead

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