I have always wanted to be a middle school band director since 6th grade.
Now I have my Bachelors and Masters in Music Education to pursue my dream but have been hindered due to being an immigrant here in the States.
I need a H1B visa, also known as a work visa, to stay here legally after my student visa expires this year in July 2017.
Here's a run down of what a work visa entails:
1) More money.
2) More paper work.
3) Deadline is April 1st every year.
4) It's only given out once a year through a lottery system. (There is a separate cap for people with a Masters degree or higher, so my chances are higher.)
Basically, I require more money and paperwork for an employer to hire me. So it's been a struggle.
I have waited long enough and am tired of taking no for an answer.
Here's my goals: to raise awareness and to raise funds for the fees involved.
My fees include:
1) Training fee $1500
2) Application fee $460
3) Fraud fee $500
4) Legal services to file application $2000
I just want to teach. And I'm willing to do whatever it takes to get me there. If you know someone else in a similar situation and need help, contact me. I will tell you all the advice I got from my two immigration attorneys.
As everyone says, any bit of money is helpful to me and I appreciate anything and anyone.
If miraculously I raise more than needed, I will donate the rest to Lubbock Street Gourmet and Paul's Project.