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The first step is to contact us by email or by phone. If you have contacted Tamizdat, and one of us has assigned you an "artist code", then you're ready to get started here on our website. But first...
A word to the wise:
The process of obtaining legal working visas for the USA requires very specific and accurate information. Please send us the documents that we request to the best of your ability. Most importantly, please give complete and accurate answers to all questions in the questionnaire. It is your responsibility to provide precise information. Failure to do so will very likely endanger the possibility that the petitions will be approved. Do not enter any false information! If there is a problem, tell us about it! It's better to talk about the problem now with us rather than with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) later! Also, please understand that to obtain the actual visa, each visa holder must complete an interview at a US consulate before he or she receives their visa. If you are going to be out of your home country in the two weeks before you enter into the US, tell us about this now. It is important for us to know this so we can make sure you have your visas before you leave your home country.
Regarding your Passport:
US Government regulation requires that your passport be valid for a minimum of six months following the expiration of your requested visa. This means that if you're applying for a one year visa to start in January, your passport needs to be valid through the July of the following year. There are exceptions to this rule, so if it poses a problem, please discuss this with us.
In good faith, Tamizdat will make all reasonable efforts to obtain the requested visas. We cannot, however, be held liable in any way for losses or damages resulting from the USCIS's denial of a petition, delay in processing a petition, or of an embassy to process a visa in time for the artist' departure. By engaging Tamizdat's services, the client accepts these liability limitations. Tamizdat does not have a licensed attorney on staff, and should you require the assistance of one, you will have to seek this assistance elsewhere. Tamizdat's staff cannot offer legal advice. Tamizdat must charge part or all of the full fee, even if a petition is not approved, or not approved in a timely fashion. It will be up to Tamizdat's discretion what fee will be applied. Also, we should point out that the services provided can, theoretically at least, be undertaken by any US citizen.
Lastly, clients must understand that visas secured by Tamzidat are for temporary employment in the US by performing artists or by performing artists' essential support crew. Visas are valid only for a specific time period and permit only certain kinds of employment. Visas are not valid for any kind of employment other than those specified in the petition, and are expressly limited to those related to artistic performance. By engaging Tamizdat's services you agree, in good faith, to comply with all US laws and regulations applicable to the use of the secured visa.
The following information we supply in compliance with New York General Business Law Section 460-a et seq.
The individual providing assistance to you under this contract is not an attorney licensed to practice law or accredited by the immigration board of appeals to provide representation to you before the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Labor, the Department of State, or any immigration authorities and may not give legal advice or accept fees for legal advice.
The individual providing assistance to you under this contract is prohibited from disclosing any information or filing any forms or documents with immigration or other authorities without your knowledge and consent.
The client has three (3) business days to cancel this contract. Notice of cancellation must be in writing, signed by you and mailed by registered or certified United States mail to Tamizdat, 162 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. If you cancel this contract within three days, you will get back your documents and any fees that you paid.
The client is entitled to a copy of each document filed with a governmental entity.
The client is not required to obtain supporting documents through the immigrant assistance service provider, but may obtain such documents himself or herself.
All original documents required to be submitted in connection with an application made to the federal bureau of citizenship and immigration services or for other certifications, benefits or services provided by government may not be retained by the immigrant assistance service provider for any reason, including payment of fees or costs.
A copy of all forms completed and documents accompanying the forms shall be kept by the service provider for three years. A copy of the customer's file shall be provided to the client on demand and without fee.
Tamizdat has a financial surety in effect for the benefit of any customer in the event that the customer is owed a refund, or is damaged by the actions of the provider. The surety is provided through Hartford Fire Insurance, P.O. Box 2103, 690 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06115, (888) 266-3488.