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    Being an artist as a US non-resident

    Say you wanted to live in America. You're from another part of the world and decide to either study art or not, but you choose it to be your place of residence. Your art is your livelihood.

    Is it feasible to be an artist as a non-resident, i.e. an immigrant, in the US? Are there jobs that will sponsor you becoming a legal citizen while practicing, in very broad terms, some artistic profession?


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    Are you going to study art in the U.S.?

    Do you already have an art degree?

    Do you want to work at a studio or freelance?

    Do you want to teach art in the U.S.?

    Do you have a work history as an artist in your current country of residence?

    What state are you planning on moving to?

    Depending on where you want to move, you might be able to find groups that cater to your racial/ethnic group. Lots of places have cultural centers that can be very good resources.

    You will have more luck finding resources in larger urban areas like San Francisco or New York, but keep in mind that the cost of living is much higher.

    I know that the city of San Francisco has at least one organization that helps artists live in the Bay Area affordably, the city is trying to attract more artists and being a foreigner might make you more valuable, since you would add to the cultural variety.

    Also keep in mind that laws and regulations will vary from state to state.


    Something here might help you:

    http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/usc...00b92ca60aRCRD

    http://www.uscis.gov/ilink/docView/S...0-0-19648.html

    http://www.artistlink.org/?q=spaceto...s/sanfrancisco

    http://www.nyfa.org/level3.asp?id=656&fid=1&sid=145

    http://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/p...e/artist_visas

    http://www.fredlaw.com/articles/immi...0604_ljd4.html

    If you're from Asia

    http://asiasociety.org/files/pdf/Art...Production.pdf

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    I think it would depend on how good of an artist you are. If you're awesome then someone will find a way to get you working for them. However, most companies don't really want the hassel of sponsoring someone because they would feel bad if it didn't work out. It would make it harder to fire the person because they would know that the employee would lose their greencard. There are other ways to come to the US... I don't know all the options, but you might be able to get a student visa to study here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Anecca View Post
    Say you wanted to live in America. You're from another part of the world and decide to either study art or not, but you choose it to be your place of residence. Your art is your livelihood.

    Is it feasible to be an artist as a non-resident, i.e. an immigrant, in the US? Are there jobs that will sponsor you becoming a legal citizen while practicing, in very broad terms, some artistic profession?

    I hope not.

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    Thanks for the responses guys.

    Haha, why not dpaint?

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    Why should we? You don't seems to have any real goal or stellar skills. We already have enough useless people who were born here don't need to import more. You want to come here do something remarkable first.

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