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Help Sebastian Silva obtain an Artist Visa

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Raised by 108 people in 2 months
Most of you know me as the guitarist for heavy metal bands Silver Talon, Idle Hands, and Leathürbitch, however, not most of you know where I come from. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, I  moved with my family to Portland, OR in 2005 at the age of 10 to start a new life. Life would eventually lead me to discover a new passion in music and a dream of being a guitarist in a band was born. Opportunities came where I was offered to play on tours in Europe and Japan, but I had to turn them down as much as it killed me, for I knew if I left the US, I would not come back. Fast forward to today, I am faced with the same challenge I faced back then, only this time, there is no other option left.

What's so complicated about me coming and returning to the US?  The reason being is that I am here as a DACA recipient, which allows me to work legally in the US for a period of time. However, upon exiting the country, my status is nullified, and I would be denied upon entering the US. 

In the last year, I've been blessed to work with my bandmates and reach unforeseeable heights in our music, and it's only just the beginning. 2019 has so many things in store for Silver Talon, Idle Hands and Leathürbitch, like playing festivals in Europe, touring across Europe, South America, and many more places, releasing new music, etc.

That's why I am applying for an Artist Visa, and I need help from all of you to make this happen. As you may or may not be aware, applying for visas is a very expensive and time consuming task. An Artist Visa would grant me the chance to allow me to pursue my dream of being a musician, while having the option to be able to travel in and out of the country at ease. As it stands now, we have a European tour mid February till early March, and I would love nothing more than to be able to come home after the tour is over.

The funds raised would be used to pay for all legal fees and processing fees, as well as air travel for my Visa interview in Mexico. 
I will have to pay an expedited fee on the forms for the visa, as time is crucial at this point, as well as pay for the processing fee of the visa itself. There is also a consultation letter that I must obtain from the AFM (American Federation of Musicians) which I will have to expedite as well so I can begin the process of filling out the Visa application. Since my last day of the European tour is in Olso, Norway, I will need to purchase a plane ticket to fly out to Mexico City to take my Visa interview. 


Many of you have supported me throughout my musical journey and I wouldn't be where I'm at without all of you. I can't thank enough to those who donate, share or help out in any way possible. I appreciate you all immensely. 

Thank you

-Sebastian Silva
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Thank you all for your continued support! I appreciate all of you who have donated or shared my campaign!

A few updates:

We sent out the necessary paperwork and processing fees for the American Federation of Musicians labor organization letter on Friday, 11th of January and thanks to the expedited fee, we were able to get the consultation letter this morning. So with that in hand, we were able to gather all the supporting evidence and finish preparing the paperwork needed for the visa application, and was able to mail it right before tour! (You wouldn't believe how much paperwork there was at the end)

Now, there's about a 15 day waiting period before we hear back from U.S. Dept. Of Homeland Security, so I'm hoping by the time tour is done, I'll have word wether my application was approved or rejected.

If approved, the next thing would be to set up the Visa Interview appointment in my country of origin. Once I have the interview scheduled, all that's left would be to Ace the visa interview. Even if my application is approved, my Visa depends on the decision of the interviewers, so it's a little nerve wrecking knowing how much is riding on this interview. But I have high hopes that everything will work out in the end.

As always, thank you all for your continued support. I couldn't have done this without your help.
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Thank you to all who have donated/shared my GoFundMe campaign! In just a week, we were able to raise 2/3 of the goal!

As for the procedure, I have begun filling out the necessary forms, along with gathering all supporting evidence regarding my work as a musician with my bands. Before sending the final completed forms, I must apply for a labor organization letter from the AFM (American Federation of Musicians) which usually takes 7-10 business days to receive but for an extra expedited fee, it can be obtained in two days.

After all is said and done, I am hoping to have everything ready to send off by next Wednesday (Jan 16th, 2019).

Thank you all for your support! I am hopeful that everything will work out in the end!
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