I'd rather be burlesquing.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

first we take Manhattan (or at least try to)

I've been offered a job, working for an influential art gallery in New York City.

Sounds like a simple choice, right?

Not so much, if you are:

a) A Canadian citizen not covered under the NAFTA Professional Job Series List
b) Not "one of that small percentage who have risen to the very top of the field of endeavor"
c) Not someone who "who because of their exceptional ability in the sciences, arts, or business will substantially benefit the national economy, cultural, or educational interests or welfare of the United States"
d) Not a sheepherder

Despite the fact that said gallery wants to hire me, and also despite the fact that I am highly qualified for the position, getting a visa to work in the USA is proving to be a major hassle. I realise that it's probably no joy attempting to work in Canada either, but it's just so discouraging to be trying to get into a country that seems to be trying so hard not to let me in.

AND, after spending over an hour staring at convoluted immigration documents, seeing your reflection on the side of a bus - which makes your hips look like they could span the Isle of Manhattan - is a bit much.

Does anyone out there have any *insider tips* on getting into the U S of A?


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