For Immigrant Dancers, the Stakes Are High to Find Work During the Pandemic
With diminishing spending plans and dropped exhibitions, looking for some kind of employment as an artist has just gotten additionally testing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be that as it may, for foreigner craftsmen who depend on craftsman visas to remain in the U.S., the pandemic has exacerbated a generally laborious cycle.
"There are so numerous psychological obstacles in our manner just to be in the tryout room," says Lorena Jaramillo, a 23-year-old artist from Mexico City. Jaramillo moved to New York City at 18 to contemplate dance at Marymount Manhattan College. In the wake of graduating in 2019, her understudy visa permitted her stay in the U.S. for one year and work in her field.
Recently out of an undergrad program, a lot was on the line to find a work. "It's unpleasant to need to move an employment in dance immediately after graduation," Jaramillo says. "It truly pushes you to resemble, 'Okay, this is my solitary decision. I better get it.'"
Presently, with a terminated work grant, the solitary path for Jaramillo to remain in the U.S. is to apply for and acquire a craftsman visa, or an O-1B visa, a protracted cycle that she started in January and has been deferred by the pandemic.
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