When I came to Los Angeles about 4 months ago, all I focussed on was getting an agent, getting headshots, getting training…Then I got a meeting with a agent, and she said quite clearly: focus on something else, because without a work permit it’s all no use.
So I made getting a visa a priority; talked to people, Googled immigration lawyers, had lunch with foreigners that live in LA, spent hours on the USCIS website and so on. For months I was just lost in a maze of the many visa possibilities and requirements for them. Which ultimately proved the possibilities were extremely limited. I had spoken to a few immigration lawyers and they all thought they couldn’t do anything for me. So I started saying goodbye to LA in my mind already and reluctantly made plans for a return to the Netherlands. Until today…
About a week ago, during one of my Google sessions, I stumbled upon a blog about O1 visa’s. Then I found out the blog belonged to an immigration law firm specialized in those visas. Then I called them. Then we discussed my situation. Then they gave me a 50/50 chance, and asked for information. Then I sent the information. Then they said they’d let me know. And today, in my inbox on my phone while I was doing my finals at Santa Monica College, the potentially life-changing message came…
I hope you are well. I have reviewed everything with my team and we think this can be an approvable case if we have the right documentation including everything you mentioned in the list. I am willing to take the case on and make a winner.
Please let me know how you would like to proceed.
Immigration Lawyer from Heaven
I just wanted to scream and cry and jump up and down in joy, but I was in my finals so just sent a bunch of caps lock text messages to my nearest and dearest. Because this means I have an 80% chance of getting the much coveted O1 visa for actors! Which could mean that in 3 months, I am allowed to audition and work as an actress in Los Angeles! It’s scary and amazing and sad and exciting all at the same time!
But I shouldn’t celebrate too early, because my case can still be rejected by the government. Chances are bigger though, that it gets approved. Either way, I have a whole lot of work cut out for me, and a whole lot of decisions need to be made. I might return to the Netherlands for a bit to work so I can pay the legal fees, I might stay here, I might do a TV show in Holland… if you guys remember to vote for me! Either way, exciting, life changing times are ahead. I have a big sparkle of hope again, and hope I can one day look back on this day as the day my life changed.
This should also show to all of you that want to throw in the towel or feel hopeless that you should just never give up. It took me two years, a trip to LA, and thousands of dollars to get just this.
Remember that something wonderful may be just around a corner. All it takes is a new day to change your life.
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