Working as a Producer in Los Angeles
Los Angeles is the center of the entertainment world. The entertainment industry requires many different professionals to collaborate on movies, television shows, musical albums, and other projects. One of the most important roles in almost any type of project is that of a producer. If you are a successful producer in a foreign country, chances are a project in or around L.A. will catch your eye or solicit your involvement. While you may want to jump at the chance to produce a film, show, or album, there are steps you need to take before coming to Southern California including obtaining a producer visa.
Visas Required for Foreign Producers
A visa is required to work in the U.S. or to stay in the country for an extended period of time. Because producers earn money for their work and because entertainment projects can take time, you will need to obtain a producer visa in order to legally come to work as a producer. If you fail to obtain a visa, you may be subject to immigration consequences, including removal or deportation proceedings.
There are many different visas for people wanting to come to the United States and you will need a visa that allows you to work. However, there are different work visas for individuals who perform different types of jobs and you want to make sure you have the one that specifically allows you to work in your capacity as a producer.
Which Producer Visa is Right for You?
The O-1 visa is a visa that applies to individuals with extraordinary abilities in the arts, sciences, athletics, and similar fields. Specifically, the O-1B visa is reserved for people who have attained international acclaim or who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in the movie or television industries. This is the visa for which you would need to apply and obtain before you could begin your work as a producer. In addition, your spouse and children can apply for and obtain O-3 visas to accompany you while you work in Los Angeles.
The application process for an O-1A and O-3 visas can be complicated, however, and you must meet certain criteria before the USCIS will grant your visa. You do not want to risk making an error that would delay the project or would even lead the team to go with another producer if you were unable to get the right producer visa in a timely manner. You should always seek assistance from an attorney who understands the application process.
Experienced Entertainment Industry Attorneys
If you are an artistic producer and believe that you may be eligible for an O-1 visa or if you are a company wanting to hire a foreign producer, don’t hesitate to call the Law Offices of Joshua L. Goldstein, P.C. to discuss the requirements for the right type of producer visa. We work to ensure that your immigration status is taken care of and we have worked with many creative and artistic professionals and helped them secure the proper visas. Please call our Los Angeles immigration attorney today at 213-262-2000 to find out more information about how we can help you.