Welcome to my first blog post about a very reasonable and often asked question.
“Do I move to the USA?” – The most accurate answer would be – “I don’t know.”
But in this blog I want to share with you everything I know so far.
If you are a long term follower on Instagram you probably know about my American Dream. I don’t want to give you all the details here, why I am so attracted to live in the USA. There are a bunch of reasons that seem to me perfect for my current life situation (but definitely not the political situation…). Since I have this dream deeply rooted in my mind, I made tons of researches, tons of networks, but nothing has worked so far for all the years that I have been working for this dream…
The basic issue is, that the USA immigration laws are probably the hardest worldwide to meet the requirements (except from a simple marriage). So while most countries would just give a motivated and skilled person a leap of faith to set up one’s own business or to find work in a limited time, the USA wants tons evidences that you are having a good secured income through an US company or agent, before you have ever made a step into the country. In addition you and the sponsoring company/agent has to proof, that your kind of skill is so extraordinary, that nobody else in the USA could do the job (and a tons of more criterion, depending on what kind visa you are applying, which is getting more and more tricky). So finding an American company that would do all those crazy steps with me just seemed to be impossible… so far!
But like in all things in life, persistence and consistency pays off! Since about 4 month I found an amazing lovely human being and very flexible and self motivated company, that is going all the steps with me, inclusive an specialized American attorney. To be transparent for all persons that have always been asking, I am specifically applying for an O1-visa (aka artist via) as a social media influencer. Unfortunately the US immigration law will not allow to extend my artist visa to other working fields, even I am an artist doing music, tattoos and stuff. Therefore I would have need to do additional applications, probably with other American sponsor from an another working segment. At least social media segment is quite flexible, so I can do still a few of my other artistries, but not as my main occupation. And as you probably can suspect, the artist visa is unfortunately limited to maximum of 3 years first.
What’s the state of affairs? I had tons of calls and met my sponsor to get all the paperwork done, so that the attorney can finalize my application. Unfortunately I still need to get a few more references for my paperwork to have a stronger case. So everybody who is working somehow in the media industry is very welcome write me letter of recommendation to support my case! 😉
My personal goal would be to finalize everything in July. In addition we are going for an premium processing, which means the USCIS needs to make a decision within 15 days… and before you ask, of course, that will cost an extra fee. So if everything works out well I probably going to have an decision in August and would potentially move to Los Angeles from September on. But that’s just my personal aimed schedule when everything is going well.
I hope this blog was kind of interested for some of you… I just thought I want to give you a transparent insight what is actually going on in my life, because I am getting still a bunch of questions when I am coming over… and this blog is the most honest answer! And no, I am probably not coming to the USA earlier. Not before the visa decision was finally made.
Thanks for reading!
PS: I am still a native German speaker. Please apology linguistic mistakes.