I am looking for help from someone (preferably a Canadian) that has had the experience of applying for a visa to teach a one week workshop in the USA.
I have some potential opportunities to teach jewellery (filigree) workshops in the USA.
I have done a fair bit of internet research and have concluded that in order to do this legally, I would require a visa. There are a myriad of visa types, but it seems that the O1-B visa is the most appropriate. Also, possibly the P-3 visa.
Canadians, under NAFTA can also utilize the TN1 visa, but it only applies to certain professionals, and jeweller / metalsmith / artist are not on the list. Note that I do have an engineering degree, which is on the list, but then one must prove that the work requires an engineering degree
For me to progress this further, I would likely have to contact an immigration lawyer to help me determine the best way to go about this.
Before I incur the time and expense to do this, I am hoping that there is someone on Orchid who has had experience with applying for permission to teach a workshop in the USA and can provide me with some direction based on their actual experience.
Also, if you run a jewellery /metalsmithing school in the USA and have had Canadians teach at your school, I would really appreciate hearing from you as well.
If you prefer, you can e-mall directly at ’ milt (AT) mfmetalarts.com ’
Thanks in advance for you advise