Join us for an examination of the immigration issues that are faced by entertainers. We will talk about general issues that entertainment attorneys face when dealing with foreign artists, ways in which immigration attorneys help foreign artists come to the U.S. successfully, and current hot topics and issues facing the intersection of the two fields. Panel participants will include:
Daniel Parisi – Partner, TGL Shipley Parisi
Mr. Parisi practices U.S. immigration law in London. He has extensive experience with employment and business – related immigration, and focuses specifically on consular processing waivers of ineligibility for those with criminal issues seeking to enter the U.S.
Matthew Covey – Director, Tamizdat Artist Services
Mr. Covey owns and operates Tamizdat Artist Services, an organization that serves as the petitioner on visa applications for performing artists. To date, Tamizdat has successfully petitioned for over 3,000 individuals and bands to perform in the U.S.
Blaise Tottenham – Senior Associate, Laura Devine Attorneys LLC
Mr. Tottenham practices in New York City. He specializes in business immigration and has extensive experience with O, L, H and E visas as well as EB-1, EB-2 and EB-3 immigrant petitions and PERM Labor Certifications. Mr. Tottenham also specializes in consular processing issues.
Oscar Michelen – Partner, Cuomo LLC
Mr. Michelen practices immigration law at his firm’s Long Island Office. He deals mostly with musical artists through his representation of production companies. He also represents film festivals and often deals with bringing foreign directors/producers to the U.S.
The Panel will be moderated by:
Amanda Willis Gupta – Associate Director, Tamizdat Artist Services
Mrs. Gupta helps process O-1 and P-1 visas for performing artists at Tamizdat Artist Services, and also serves as independent counsel to other clients looking to obtain a diverse spectrum of immigrant/nonimmigrant visas, including bands, graphic artists, DJs, photographers and journalists.