Bring Sebastian Silva home! We support him as a working artist while on tour!
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"The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power."
Sebastian Silva of Portland, Oregon recently went on tour with his band Idle Hands leaving the United States knowing he may not he able to come back, but decided not to give up on his dream of playing in front of masses around the world. And he did just that.
By signing this petition, you agree that touring as a musician isn't just leisure and vacation, but actually work and that Sebastian Silva was a working artist while on tour.
By signing this petition, you count Sebastian Silva as an artist you pay for based on his skills with a guitar, whether that be through recorded albums, merch, live concerts or anything similar.
We can't change the Department of Homeland Security's already made decision, but maybe we can band together and show them the true meaning of a working artist (and perhaps many others out there in similar situations) who should be allowed to travel for work as an artist.
Ensuring that Sebastian Silva did everything completely legal, he started a GoFundMe to help pay for all the required fees to apply for the Visa prior to tour.
Previously written on his GoFundMe prior to tour:
"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.
Recently Sebastian did an interview with Vortex Magazine and stated "I just wish I was born on the right side of the border, it would have made my life so much easier"
Silva posted on July 26 images of the magazine interview as well as this caption:
I've been very quiet about this matter, but I am finally breaking the silence thanks to @vrtxmag.
It has been a little over half a year since I last set foot in my own home. Left my family, friends and bandmates behind. I made the decision to leave knowing what was at stake.
My sincere thanks to all who helped me out with my GoFundMe campaign for my Visa. It means the world to me, and I will cherish that forever.
Sadly, the Visa was denied on the last day of our first European tour. Without being able to return back home, I was forced to return to my home country.
I want to thank my family, Gabriel Franco, Bryce VanHoosen, Nate Myers and all of my bandmates for their full support and understanding. They have fought tooth and nail to do everything possible to bring me back home.
I hope that this interview can bring light to the hardships that come with Visa processing for musicians/bands trying to enter the USA. We see it happen way too often nowadays.
I have high hopes that I will be back in the USA any day now. I will not give up until I am rockin' in the free world once again.
Thank you all! ✌
#idlehands #silvertalon #vortexmagazine"
Help bring attention to Sebastian's case by signing as he proceeds with the next course of action to hopefully return back home, legally, very soon.
Maybe he can use the feedback from this petition in his favor in the coming days!
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