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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.
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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 :)
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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
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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!
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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*
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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.
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heyleeloo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
i till think this is the cutest thing ever
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
hahah! <3
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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.
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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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Panic-Button-419 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Yeah things go very smoothly for quite a while then boom more paperwork. I have medical paper work that is driving me crazy and they messed up something in the MRI so I have to go through a butt load more and redo my MRI. I hope they at least keep a good chunk of your paperwork on file an that they can find it again.
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CheshireSmile Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
agh! immigration thing sounds awful! ill let you live in my basement and make me arts all day, haha
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I would gladly take this job! You can pay me in food and arts :B
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CheshireSmile Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
you have to put up with tom cruise, who is also locked in my basement,. but other than that, this sounds liek a plan, :D
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
you could make us battle every week and people could pay to watch.
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CheshireSmile Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That, is awesome, and THE Plan, :D this is gonne work, i can feel it
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Erith Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You know, that last sentence about your butt placement, I totally believe that for this image XD

On the note of why immigration laws suck, Im sorry that they seem to be causing you trouble again :(
I'll bake you a cake when you get back, and we can have tea and hot chocolate (from awesome place of totally awesome awesomeness). *hug*
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
You know it. :B

I'll tell you about it in more detail in a bit. I don't think you were at Bunko when this was announced.
Sounds incredible, thanks, bud. I appreciate you're doing what you can.
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Erith Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Anything to help out hon, you know that :)
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frostcrystal Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I understand. ;___; *HUG OF COMMISERATION*
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
:hug: :\
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guidedoglover Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
That is a really neat perspective on the situation, and I commend you for the perspective and difficult positions you have portrayed really well here! And I agree with Kaylaird. I live in California (Sacramento specifically. Some say the most culturally diverse city in the world), and sometimes it seems like legal citizens are a minority. Thanks you so much for going at it the right, albeit really difficult, way! :huggle:
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Being here legally takes a damn lot of money, especially in this economy, and if my sponsors were unscrupulous people they could screw me for even more. I honestly really feel for the people that are stuck across the border in crime and poverty with nowhere else to go. That might be another reason for them to rethink the laws. :\
Anyway, thanks hun. Hopefully this will be over soon enough.
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guidedoglover Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
No kidding. I can't even imagine how difficult it must be! And I know, illegal immigration is a problem, but as of right now, many people don't have the luxury of coming here legally. The whole immigration deal is just a problem these days. But then again, our whole government has been going downhill. :/
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, sorry if I kinda went off on you back there, I just have a very hard time agreeing that something is the 'right' way if it allows foreign workers outside a certain type of work (namely the corporate world) to get screwed over so easily. Just because it's legal doesn't always make it right.
One can only hope things will get better. :hug: Thanks for your support.
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guidedoglover Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
No, I understand that it is something that means a lot to you right now. :) And I totally agree with what you are saying.
No problem, hun. :aww:
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kaylaird Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I know it's a tough situation, and I may never fully understand what immigrants go through, but I can thank you so very much for being here legally. I live in Texas where illegal immigrants make up nearly half the population in my home town, and every time I get dirty looks or asked to keep things under the table, I'm more and more thankful for respectful people who do thing right. :)

You are appreciated! :D
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Being here legally takes a damn lot of money, especially in this economy, and if my sponsors were unscrupulous people they could screw me for even more. I honestly really feel for the people that are stuck across the border in crime and poverty with nowhere else to go. That might be another reason for them to rethink the laws.
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kaylaird Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
I honestly and truly did not mean to offend you if that's the way it came across. :)

I only meant that I have a lot of respect for you and for the people who actually do go through that difficult process. :)
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shelzie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Nah, you didn't, and I'm sorry if I went off on you - it's nothing against you either. A bit of a kneejerk reaction; I just have a very hard time swallowing the idea that a system that allows such easy abuse of itself, and foreign workers to be taken advantage of, is the 'right way'. Also I feel for the people that have no real choice in this matter, and who don't have the luxuries and resources to draw on - a family that's well off enough to support me, a BFA degree, good references - that I do, and I don't necessarily think that all of them are trying to be disrespectful by doing things illegally. :)
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