Benito Belferman s on wed 14 jul 99
I'm writing this on behalf of my production potter. He would like to explore=
possibilities of going to work in the US for a year or so, preferably in the
area of Florida (speaks only Spanish). Beto is a Peruvian young man (38) who=
been working for me once a week for about three years, skilled in throwing,
trimming utilitary and other types of ware. He is highly productive and is =
cooperative and knowledgeable in all other stages of production The economy=
Venezuela in very slow now and he would like to broaden his experience and =
some money too.
Anyone interested please contact me directly at my email address
Francis Toms on fri 16 jul 99
=3E I'm writing this on behalf of my production potter. He would like to
=3E possibilities of going to work in the US for a year or so, preferably =
=3E area of Florida (speaks only Spanish). Beto is a Peruvian young man =
=3E been working for me once a week for about three years, skilled in =
=3E trimming utilitary and other types of ware. He is highly productive and=
=3E cooperative and knowledgeable in all other stages of production The
=3E Venezuela in very slow now and he would like to broaden his experience =
=3E some money too.
=3EAnyone interested please contact me directly at my email address
Does Beto have a green card? If yes =96 fine =96 good luck, ignore the
If no, I wish him even more luck, as he'll need it to avoid the U.S.
Immigration =26 Naturalisation Service (INS).
If Beto enters the USA on a visitor visa (B1) and then works, that's an
automatic violation of the visa. He'd be subject to immediate
deportation...risks a ban from applying to re-enter the USA for up to ten
years.... employer faces fines if discovered.... no social security number
(proof of legal residence) means no credit card, no driver license, no
registered business of his own. He could not take an educational course that
requires a social security number=3B most do. The IRS might let him pay =
taxes without informing Immigration of his presence, but no guarantees.
U.S. immigration requirements were tightened three years ago. Now the INS no
longer accepts immigration applications from people in this country =
or on a visitor's visa. They must apply from outside the USA, taking their
chances. These chances are best if Beto has =5Fclose=5F relatives (sorry, no
uncles or cousins) who are resident US citizens, to sponsor him. They better
not be poor =96 the new rules require the sponsor to show an income =
to entirely support the applicant as well as themselves: no income of the
applicant is considered.
If he does not have a well-off family sponsor, next best thing is to have
economically or academically valuable, in-demand qualifications or skills.
Who decides those criteria?
=3C.....uh-oh .......wait for it....=3E
The U.S. Government.
=3C...it gets worse...=3E
The U.S. Government does NOT consider production or studio potters (who are
not academics, celebrities or published authors) as sought-after immigrants.
Beto, your trained production potter who might well make himself
indispensable in a busy American studio, would be classified by the INS as =
unskilled laborer, the lowest-priority category.
Funny, I never met an American in favor of keeping good production potters
out of the country=21
Aime Kellner on tue 5 sep 00
I recently graduated from the University of Hartford with a BFA in ceramics. I
am a potter and prefer wood and salt firings. I am looking for an
apprenticeship or production pottery studio anywhere in the country. If you
need or would like some help Please contact me . I can also send my resume and
slides of my work.