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Legal Immigrants by shelzie Legal Immigrants by shelzie
if you've never had to deal with immigration laws, be thankful. the ones in the united states are clearly not formatted for freelance artists, which is unfortunate. I'm extremely blessed to have found in Bunko Studios a reliable, honorable sponsor, and my bosses treat me very well, but just knowing that there's such great potential for any employer I choose to take advantage of me if they wanted to makes me feel angry and helpless.

feeling a little glum over new developments in my situation, so I doodled. I've always found it hilarious that both of us decided we wanted what might be a terribly impractical albeit fucking awesome relationship. don't be fooled, though -- he's mainly pissed off here because my butt is perfectly positioned less than a foot from him and he can't reach it.
:heart: ~diCagliostro
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bardicsidhe Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Man. I'm very thankful that I haven't had to go through that process, and I'm so glad you have a reliable and honorable sponsor that isn't taking advantage of you. This is the kind of thing citizens need to hear, because since we don't have to wade through the red tape. Unless we make a special effort to learn or end up in an immigration office career we never know about the process. I wish you luck, and I for one am going to pay special attention to immigration legislation from now on, and do what little I can to help push for more safeguards to keep sponsored immigrants from being abused by their employers. I'm not surprised, sadly, but I didn't know.
shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks, Scylla. :) It's mostly because the laws they have in place are ideally for people going into big business that will get a job somewhere corporate and stay there for some time, and don't really work for an industry like animation or design where the jobs are mostly short term or freelance. The laws only authorize me to work for ONE company/employer - if I want to authorize another I have to apply all over again, and I may have to do this due to recent developments. :\ I've heard stories of people that got freelance jobs and got their clients to pay the sponsor and the sponsor to pay them, but it didn't stop the sponsor taking money from the foreign worker's check. Since we can only legally work for one employer, it's not easy to just quit and apply elsewhere, especially in this economy. Not that many employers are willing to pay a lawyer and go through all that bureaucratic song and dance to keep a foreign worker around when they can just hire a citizen.

Eh, it'll be complicated to deal with, but so far everything seems to have happened for a reason, so I continue to have faith, and just try to deal with everything as it comes without getting too freaked :)
Dimintri Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh jeeze. I don't think I ever really stopped to think about how people manage to immigrate to the US. I suppose it does always pay to get a good sponsor, its a pain to find them here as is for anything, so to have one willing to help you to get an education in the US... that's pretty cool, but I can imagine it must had quite the intensive price tag :/

I hope you get everything worked out hun <3
shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nah, the education was done on a different visa and I didn't need a sponsor for that. The sponsor is somebody that will give me a job and help get the necessary papers to keep me around, which I am extremely fortunate to have found in Bunko Studios as they're wonderful people and have helped and supported me every step of the way. :) What sucks is just that with this economy nothing is certain, and there is only so much they can do. Still, I'm giving this my best shot and it'll certainly be an experience.

<3 thanks for the support!
BlueFlyer Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I could never understand and will never understand the struggle you are going through and will never be able to comprehend the frustration. Regardless, I sympathize and wish you the best of luck and I hope that you can ward off greedy individuals. I wish there was something I could do, say, or someone I could influence in your favor - I wish it wasn't so difficult. *Hugs*
shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:heart: Your well-wishes do enough for me, Blue. thank you. And no fear -- so far everything seems to have worked out exactly right, so even though it's terrifying sometimes I'm confident that they will keep doing so. Just gotta keep on keeping on. :) Thanks for the support.
heyleeloo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
i till think this is the cutest thing ever
shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
hahah! <3
Panic-Button-419 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Ah red tape, I think it should really be called red bricks due to how much paperwork you have to do.
shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Tell me about it >_< Everything so far has gone quite smoothly, but recently something's come up and I'm going to have to regroup and consider my options.
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