EB1 Green Card – Vocalist
We interviewed Kathy so she could share her amazing story for our readers. We hope you enjoy this interview and look forward to hopefully publishing your EB1 green card success story very soon.
1. Tell me about where you are from and a little bit about your career and what you do
I am from Toronto, Canada and I have been in the Music Industry for about 15 years as a Vocalist. My work has ranged from releasing my own material (as an Artist) that has hit radio, being a lead vocalist for the Fisher Price Little People CDs and being featured on numerous Gold and Platinum selling Cardio Workout CDs.
My main material stems from being the lead vocalist for all of Richard Simmons’ Supersweatin’ Workout DVDs and CDs since 2005. I recently recorded an album with him and our latest releases have been our duets “Piece of my Heart” and the ever popular “Hair Do” song.
2. Have you ever lived in the US before? If so, under what circumstances? If not, what aroused your interest in a move to the US?
I have only been in the US, particularly California just for vacation. My husband and I fell in love with the weather as well as the fact that being in the Music Industry, there are more opportunities in the US as there is a much larger market for the Arts. My music releases have always been signed to labels in the US so it’s very exciting to know that I can actually have the opportunity to live and work there now and advance my career even further.
3. How did you decide to pursue an EB1?
I’ve had a few opportunities with either talent agents or music labels that have wanted to work with me in the US and unfortunately without a visa you can’t work. It’s been a topic that has been thrown around for years with my husband and when the timing felt right we decided to call up a few Immigration lawyers and find out more information. It was when we came across our consultation with Chris Ingram that I knew this was it. He just gave me that confidence that i decided to look no further. Given his track record of successful cases, I had already made up my mind right at the end of the phone call. He was it.
4. What was your experience with the EB1 petition process? Did you ever consider giving up? What was your motivation to keep pressing on?
The experience was like riding a rollercoaster. You are very nervous when you begin. There’s so much stuff that is unknown but with the proper guidance that was offered to me, it was a smooth, nail-biting but very exciting ride. There is so much information and material to collect but again, I had my team at my fingertips 24/7 whenever I needed help, it was there for me. I never ever felt that I was alone. The process was so pleasant and I am so happy that I took that chance. There was never a time that I considered giving up, my team always gave me hope, I was very nervous because I am one that likes to get “good results”, call me a Type A ha ha, but I kept going because I wanted it so bad, something that I dreamed of for a long time and my team was just an amazing support system that there was never really a moment where I felt I had to give up.
5. What kind of relationship did/do you have Chris (and his team)?
I feel like my team was super professional and answered my 1000 questions that I constantly bombarded them and they made sure everything that I needed to collect and submit for my case was 110% pertinent to a strong case, but the team ethos was to provide as much emotional support as possible almost like my therapist whenever my nerves kicked in and especially when it was time to submit. The Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram are like an extended family. Working together and making you feel like you are their number 1 priority. Always. They know exactly what is needed to build a strong case. Chris Ingram and his team, definitely practice what they preach. I would recommend any person out there that is thinking of pursuing an EB1 green card, to just not sit and ponder but to give him a call and get that consultation. They are professional and amazing to work with and they can turn your dream into a reality.
6. What were you doing when you found out you were approved? What was your immediate reaction? How did you celebrate?
I was driving down a street when Lindsey called me to tell me the great news that I was approved. I stopped the car to talk with her as I was so nervous to what she was going to tell me. After I found out I was approved, I hadn’t realized that I was parked in the same spot for over an hour just sitting there in shock. Let’s just say they call me Chatty Kathy and I was speechless for the first time! I called my husband and screamed the good news and we celebrated it by watching Entourage ha ha and looking at each other with excitement that we’ll be living there in the near future with the opportunity to work there! What an amazing feeling!
7. What are you looking forward to most about moving to the US?
Other than the amazing all year round California weather, being able to further my career. The US is a bigger market. Knowing that there are so many opportunities for me as a Vocalist, I am just over the moon excited to keep things moving and advancing my career in the US. I would love to have the opportunity to get my songs featured in movies or TV and working out of the studios in LA and NY as a Vocalist, just as I’ve done here in Toronto.
8. What will you miss the most about living in Canada?
Canada is a great country except for the cold winters ha ha. But because of the market that I am in, the US has more room for me grow. My music has always been released in the US so it just makes more sense to be there. I have lots of friends and family that I will miss but it will give us more reason to visit each other and keep in touch more often.
9. What advice would you give to any immigrant considering an EB1 or who is already in the process?
Believe in yourself. Nothing is impossible. Try to document every single thing that you’ve accomplished in your career. Something you might think is not important may end up being an integral part of your case. Never give up. It may take awhile but keep pushing. It will be all worth it in the end.
Thank you Kathy for taking the time to share your amazing story for our readers.
Chris M. Ingram, LL.M., ESQ.
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