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Hypnotherapy is excellent for breaking old patterns and encouraging healthy brain function.

13 May 2021

By Leah Larwood

Good sleep is essential for both our bodies and mind. However, sometimes life throws sleep curve balls our way, and when this happens, it can feel as though we’ve forgotten how to do one of the most natural things in the world.


Luckily, we all know how to fall asleep deep down; it’s a natural process; it’s just sometimes we need a little help to get back on track. Hypnotherapy is one helpful way to make sleep easier. It’s basically a helping hand for good sleep. It can often take you into what feels like a deep sleep meditation, and it’s super relaxing.

Hazel Gale is the resident Cognitive Hypnotherapist for Clementine app, a women’s hypnotherapy app with a mission to reduce stress, build confidence and improve the sleep of millions of women. She said, “My first ever experience of hypnotherapy was with a session designed for sleep some fifteen years ago. At that time, I was competing as a boxer. Racing thoughts about upcoming contests could keep me awake for hours, making quality sleep (the one thing I wanted more than anything else) really hard to come by. That is until I started listening to hypnotherapy recordings the last thing at night. The sessions I used back then were straightforward; they taught me how to relax my body and calm my mind. But the change this made to my wellness and performance was no small thing.”

“The Deep Sleep sessions we’re producing at the app help women to make a similar difference to their lives. But our aim is much bigger than simply getting people to sleep; we want them to feel calmer, more confident, and capable during the waking hours of the day, too. So, in addition to guidance for letting go of stress and tension, we also weave positive hypnotic suggestions into the recordings. These come in many forms, such as snippets of helpful stories, creative visualizations, and intriguing questions, which help you to rewire your unconscious mind for a healthier, more self-affirming perspective on life.”

Hypnosis is a natural state we all experience throughout the course of the day; it’s when we’re in a relaxed state, which is when our mind is more open and receptive to change. So hypnotherapy is really just a fancy term for changing our mindset during a relaxed state. It’s about being taken into a deep-enough hypnotic state of relaxation, with the help of an in-person therapist or a recorded session, who then passes on helpful messages to your subconscious mind that will affect positive change.

You see, the subconscious mind likes to please us, and it is there to help us, so if you can connect with it, which is easier than you might think, you are sitting on a goldmine of opportunity, just waiting to be untapped. Here are just a few reasons why using hypnotherapy to improve your sleep is such an effective approach.

Here are 7 other reasons why hypnotherapy can help with your sleep:

#1 Hypnotherapy reteaches us to relax: One of the most important ingredients for falling asleep and staying asleep is to have a relaxed body and a relaxed mind. Hypnotherapy is like a guided meditation, and the process involves being taken into a relaxed state. Perfect for easing into sleep! Plus, getting your mind and body into a relaxed state and feeling supported is an effective way to achieve a better sleep-wake cycle.

Hypnotherapy helps with sleep by interrupting the disturbing mental chatter that often occurs when we try to sleep. Through listening to a recording, you're listening to another conversation, meaning that you're not allowing your mind to go off on those disruptive spirals.

#2 There’s always a bonus: A good sleep hypnotherapist will also weave in other helpful suggestions that help you overcome some of the possible related causes of your sleep issues such as stress, anxiety, or confidence. So a hypnotherapy session for sleep can achieve more than one goal! It can leave you feeling calmer during the waking hours too.

#3 Promotes better sleep hygiene: Understanding what makes a good bedtime routine is an important factor in falling asleep and maintaining a healthy mind and body in general. Sleep hypnosis is great for getting a good night's sleep and increasing sleep quality and can also help to promote good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene includes your sleeping environment and habits, and it can pave the way for higher-quality sleep and just better general health. Sleep hypnotherapy encourages and reinforces these good habits.

#4 It’s a pattern breaker: Hypnotherapy is excellent for breaking old patterns and encouraging healthy brain function. While we sleep, our brain strengthens our memories and reorganizes them. Sleep also impacts our ability to use language, sustain attention, understand what we are reading, and summarize what we are hearing. If we don’t get enough good sleep, it can impact our day-to-day performance, relationships, and mood. Hypnotherapy can help us break patterns of poor sleep and replace them with better patterns, making sleep more natural.

#5 Repetition can reinforce behavior: For some more than others, hypnotherapy can be beneficial. The great thing about using a hypnotherapy recording or hypnotherapy app is that you can re-listen to your session again and again before bed. That repetition can really reinforce the behavior. Over a relatively short time, this allows you to build up a better sleep routine, which has been proven to work and make a massive difference to overall health.

#6 Encourages me-time: Listening to hypnotherapy for a sleep session before bed offers a little pocket of time that’s all yours. It’s your time to pop your headphones on or stream your session via your bedside table while you luxuriate in this time set aside for you. It’s like having someone scoop you up and cradle you—your very own bedside therapist.

#7 It’s a breeze: Unlike approaches such as mindfulness, hypnotherapy for sleep is something you can see results in quickly, and it’s straightforward to do. In fact, you don’t need to do anything; you can lie back and allow yourself to be guided through the process. And don’t worry if you fall asleep during hypnosis; many experts agree that the hypnotic suggestions will still work, and well, let’s face it, if you’ve fallen asleep during a sleep session at bedtime, then it’s worked wonders.

Plus, if you start to fall asleep during a recording, you don't give yourself a chance to get panicked and go into fight or flight mode, which would stop you from sleeping. The relaxation elements of the session also mean that you are more likely to have improved quality of sleep by becoming more relaxed before you sleep, thus encouraging deeper sleep.


About Clementine
Clementine app’s sleep sessions use various relaxation tools, such as progressive relaxation, guided visualization, guided breathing, and hypnotic suggestions for calming the body and mind. https://clementineapp.com/

2021 - April 21st

A Texas State Bill that would prevent using hypnosis in criminal investigations sails through Texas Senate.

The legislation gained steam after The Dallas Morning News published a series exposing how Texas law enforcement officers continued to rely on the controversial investigative tool.


Texas State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen) meets with colleagues on the second day of the 87th Texas legislature on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at the Texas State Capitol, in Austin, Texas. Hinojosa has authored a bill that would prohibit any statements made by crime victims or witnesses during a hypnosis session from being used in a criminal court.

Updated Wednesday, April 21, 2021, at 9:55 a.m. with more information about Texas Speaker Dade Phelan’s criminal justice priorities.

AUSTIN — The Texas Senate passed a bill Tuesday aimed at cracking down on the use of hypnosis in criminal cases.

Senate Bill 281 by Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, passed the chamber unanimously. It now heads to the Texas House for further debate. It’s the first time this legislation has gotten traction in Texas. The bill would prohibit any statements made by crime victims or witnesses during a hypnosis session from being used in a criminal court.

The passage came the day before Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan included his chamber’s version of the hypnosis legislation among his criminal justice priorities.

“Meaningful criminal justice reform demands bold and innovative ideas, and the time for action is now,” Phelan, R-Beaumont, said in a statement Wednesday. “After years of over-incarceration, we now realize that a compassionate, common-sense approach to criminal justice can keep Texans safe, save lives, and save money.”

While Hinojosa has authored the bill before, the legislation gained renewed attention this year after The Dallas Morning News published a series exposing how police in Texas uses hypnosis to investigate crimes, despite scientific evidence that it can distort memory and lead to wrongful convictions.

After The News’ series, the Texas Department of Public Safety ended its 40-year hypnosis program and said it would shift to “more advanced interview and interrogation techniques that yield better results.”

In addition to making statements elicited under hypnosis inadmissible in court, Hinojosa said his bill would also ban any suspects' identifications made solely after a hypnosis session. However, it’s not clear whether the wording in the bill would achieve Hinojosa’s intent.

During an exchange between Hinojosa and Sen. Joan Huffman, he said statements made after hypnosis was, in fact, admissible.

“Any statements made before the actual hypnotic — hypnosis session are admissible, correct?” Huffman, R-Houston, asked.

“They are,” Hinojosa answered.

“And any statements made after it has concluded are admissible. Is that correct?” Huffman added.

“They’re admissible. That’s correct,” Hinojosa responded.

Huffman, a former prosecutor, and judge, also successfully amended the bill Tuesday to add that corroborating evidence investigators derived from those statements could be used against the accused while statements made under hypnosis would be inadmissible in court.

This means a victim who gave police new details about the crime while in a trancelike state would not be able to take the stand and testify about those statements. Still, the police could pursue leads based on that information, such as seeking out physical evidence like DNA or weapons.

Despite the many changes to his bill, Hinojosa said it is an important step toward cracking down on a problematic investigative practice.

“In the past, Texas has been a leader in reforming junk science. But lately, we’ve stalled on our progress,” Hinojosa said after the vote. With the passage of this bill, he said, we’re “picking up steam” again.

 
POSTERS
I will supply you posters for your event. Let me know how many you think you want or need. I usually recommend 30, but you tell me what you feel works best for you and your community. 
 
Posters are a tiny bit labor intensive to hang up. First you have to write DATE - TIME - PLACE - PRICE - SPONSOR - on all of them clearly and neatly (or I recommend you generate it on a computer, cut them out to fit the space and glue stick & also tape them on - it looks cleaner.) I also highly recommend when you do the graphics, you have a frame around the information you want them to read. It is a graphics thing that makes it stand out better.
 
...Then you have two people together hang them up - one person holds them up on the wall or window, the other person tapes them up. 
Three people together goes even smoother - 1st holds up poster, 2nd cuts or tears tape; 3rd person applies tape. (Tape can be difficult and moody to work with. One never has enough hands.)
 
ADVERTISING AND TICKET SALES
TICKETS -- Do you have a local printer who might be willing to donate their resources to print the tickets? Avery Labels also sells a ticket on cardstock sheets you can print. If you print them this way (Avery labels) you will want a unique identifier on them - a wax seal (like they used on envelopes in the past) or an embossing of some sort.
 
 TWO PART TICKETS -- The tickets can have a tear off stub section that when removed makes the ticket worth a different value so advance tickets sold can be cheaper than at the door, or give them some type of bonus gift (a drink and or a snack, a second person free.) Tickets with the stub get the discount. Without the stub, no discount.
 
SELLING TICKETS -- Have students record radio advertisements for the community event. Ask a local radio station to run the ads for free as a Public Service Announcement. You can also do the same with graphics in the local newspaper.
 
ADVANCE TICKET DISCOUNTS -- I'm TOTALLY OK - with you offering "children free with an adult full price ticket" -- or -- pay one-price for advance sale tickets for one and/or two people per ticket.
• If offering 1 for 2, or children free - only do one offer or it gets confusing. 
• Give the people at the door the night of the event the leverage to accept any and all excuses regarding discounts the night of the show so there are no "unhappy customers."
 
TEXT advertising is also REALLY a VERY good way of reaching people. Gather people together either during school or after school and have them go through their phones texting a message getting the word out... Throw a pizza party to have them do this for you.
 
Remember to coach anyone helping with a really positive attitude and big smile. Positive energy is the greatest reward. Nothing negative. Everyone wins.
 
Things I have learned:
 
People only remember the food if it is so, so exceptional ... or it was bad.
 
Only the first few people to enter the room see the decorations. After that, they enter and see the people blocking the decorations.
 
People come to events at their place of work or really close to their place of work or home. They do not travel over 15 miles out of their way regardless of the place - unless it is so exceptional, they simply refuse to miss it.
 
Extroverts have a good time everywhere they go.
 
A hosted bar is more popular in colder climates. People will drink even if they have to pay for it and fewer people abuse alcohol if they have to pay for the drinks. Spend the money on the entertainment, not the alcohol.
 
Have a sound system designed for the room, not the audience expected.
 
Quite often, it is cheaper Or the same price) to rent a DJ for the night, then it is to rent a sound system without a DJ.
 
Lights are necessary at night, or for a theatrical experience. Comedy acts do not need theatrical lighting.
 
A stage is good if the audience is over 50-60 people in size so everyone can see, if it is a visual performance. However, a stage too small is more of a hinderance than no stage at all, and people who want to see, will stand on chairs if necessary.

DEPOSITS - How I treat them during Covid

 
Due to Covid, people are cancelling a lot of events. In 2020, I refunded over 20 deposits I had received before Covid became a reality. The following will explain my refund policy:
 
You will NOT lose your deposit. All deposits are refunded if the event is cancelled. We are all in this boat together.
 
If I buy a plane ticket, and they do not refund the price but only credit the price back to me, then that portion of the deposit will be refunded when I use that credit.
 
Example:
I had a show scheduled for 12/12/20 - they cancelled one week before the show.
 
I had paid $283 for the plane ticket on American Airlines and I rented a car to get from the airport to the gig and back to the airport. I was able to cancel the car rental with no penalty.
 
The plane ticket - the airline gave me a credit I can use by December 31st, 2021.
 
The deposit I requested and received from the client was $600 so:
I refunded $300 (rounding it off to make it easier to remember) and I told the client, "when I use the credit with American Airlines, I will then send you the other $300" knowing that someone else will send me a deposit of $600 for their show/gig and I will use the credit at that time. From the second party's deposit, I will refund the balance.
 
I don't hold people's money ransom. I hate when companies like airlines do this to me, and I will not do it to others. We are all in this boat together.
 
I have a simple moral/ethic I live by, "I treat everyone the way I wish they would treat my daughter."
 
Therefore, your ENTIRE deposit is refundable, eventually. Just not as quickly as you might wish.
 
OPTION #2: If you ask me to give you a credit towards a later date, I can and would do that also AND there would be no expiration date on that credit.
 
Thank you for asking :-)

A shortlist of fundraising ideas. Many of them I have witnessed and were very successful.

  • Cow Plop Contest - A field is divided into a grid, like a giant bingo board. People buy a square. You place a cow in the field and where it poops is the winner. This takes a bit of organizing since someone has to keep track of the sales, grid the field and get a cow to the location. Usually done in conjunction with a popular sporting event at the school. WARNING: It can also take hours for the cow to poop.
  • Serve a meal - cheap or expensive. Expensive meals make more money but are harder to deal with (Prime Rib, Crab Feed). Cheap can be pancakes or pasta & salad.

Crab Feeds, in my experience, make the most money - especially in California. People will pay the highest dollars for seafood. Steaks have been the second most successful, especially in Beef Country. Chicken, pancakes & pasta all come in last. For the Crab Feed, you must have a good chef. 

  • Pancake Breakfasts is an easy one, but you need many griddles and lots of electricity.
  • When you have dinner, have an auction and raffle at the same time. Have both a silent auction and items sold in a public auction. Successful business owners or managers like to be recognized for the donations they make when items are raffled off in a public auction. If you also have entertainment at this event, it makes it the most successful.
  • Steaks cooked on pitchforks on an open fire - I have not seen it, only heard about it.
  • Penny Socials - People donate 100 "Yard Sale-like" items ~ and they are displayed on tables around the room with a box or bowl in front of each item. People pay a $ amount to come to the event, and they get a limited number of tickets with the admission. They can also purchase more tickets. People walk around and put 1/2 of the double raffle-style ticket into the bowls or boxes in front of the items they want to win. Items are drawn throughout the evening. Don't wait till the end to draw all 100 items. Let people win as the night goes on. Both children and adults love these and people buy extra tickets. You give them 10 tickets with admission as seed tickets, then sell them more tickets. Items can be raffled in groups, also.
  • Take 5-gallon Water Cooler Jugs and place them outside school classrooms. People drop their change into the jugs. You put Pennies in your own jug and silver in other people's jugs. Pennies count as positive; silver makes them subtract that amount from the pennies collected. (i.e., a jug is counted and it has 200 pennies, but you find a quarter, nickel and dime in the jug, so the tally is $2.00 minus 25¢, minus 10¢, minus 5¢ = $1.60 total) This is a contest to see who can get the highest total count in their water jugs over a given time period. The winning group gets a pizza party.
  • Collecting old electronics and charging people to deliver them to a recycling place is also lucrative. I have paid to have old TVs, Computers, Printers, Toaster Ovens, and microwaves collected for recycling at one of these fundraisers. It takes a small staff, with a large truck or trailer to move the collected items.

 Text Marketing - very underrated. Whatever you are doing, having students sit and text as a group, all the numbers in their phones, advertising any event is the way to go.

  • January - April is a perfect time to do shredding of tax docs fundraiser. Weigh the boxes of papers and charge by the lb. to shred the docs. Have students there shredding them using shredders. (Have oil to lube the shredders). Then take the shredded docs to a recycling facility. You will need cardboard boxes, trash bags, and trash pails to transport the shredded papers. Filling the pails, boxes and bags must be done somewhere there is no wind, and you can vacuum up afterward. Renting a U-Haul Box truck for this works great!

Always have a Raffle - have five prizes to raffle off as door prizes no matter your fundraiser. This won't make you more but makes the event more exciting. Everyone likes raffles, even the wealthy.

A pail of booze and alcohol will always make you money as an auction item.

If you invite me to do your fundraiser, I am happy to mail you as many posters as you'd like advertising the show.
 
Invite a local children's community dance studio to perform as the opening act for me to grandma & grandpa at the event.
 

 

 

You should wait until next year.
Let another season pass you by.
Everyone else is making thousands of dollars this Post Prom & Grad Night season;
Fairs are already booked for 2019
Why would you want to learn how to do stage hypnosis shows this year?
Wait to learn it next year.
Then make money in 2021.
Is that what you are thinking?

Are you really going to let another year pass you by?
 
http://hypnosisbootcamp.info
 

I will tell you the truth. I won't make you promises to sell you something that isn't true.

FACT: I  have trained 31 people since 2013 in nine bootcamps. EVERYONE of them are listed on the web site with their email addresses - http://hypnosisbootcamp.info
FACT: More than half of them now make five-figure incomes doing stage hypnosis shows.
Some part-time. Others full-time.
FACT: I have given shows to seven of my students and they have made more than the cost of this training back from me alone!

   
 

Truth - this is not going to be easy...

You will do five shows in five days, by yourself, solo.
We have now have also created an additional "inductions training" for those of you who want/need a bit more education before you walk on stage.

The people you will hypnotize and do shows for have probably never seen or been in a hypnosis show and have probably never been hypnotized. This isn't a classroom training where you hypnotize the same group of student hypno-junkies over n' over. This is in the field. It's live. It's real!

   
 

We give you unconditional, personal support. Two very experienced trainers are with you at all times.

• If you were going to be an actor, you'd take acting classes.
• If you are putting on a play, you'd want a director.
• All performers need training and trainers that know more than they do.
We coach you and offer subtle suggestions that make all the difference.

Regardless, you know more than everyone in your audience, and they will accept you as an authority.

You will be successful, and when you leave Boot Camp, you will be able to say, "YES, I CAN!"

   
 

Happy to help.

Still have questions? Want to talk? Call us. We are always available to answer your questions.
(800) 892-2287
Email us at
bootcamp@alansands.com
We are extending the deadline for early bird discounts until the end of this month.
 Until June 1st, you can still get the Early Bird Discounts.
Can't stay the whole seven days? Talk to us. We can get you through quicker.
(You'll do more shows per day, but still do five shows while with us.)

 

 

You should wait until next year.
Let another season pass you by.
Everyone else is making thousands of dollars this Post Prom & Grad Night season;
Fairs are already booked for 2019
Why would you want to learn how to do stage hypnosis shows this year?
Wait to learn it next year.
Then make money in 2021.
Is that what you are thinking?

Are you really going to let another year pass you by?
 
http://hypnosisbootcamp.info
 

I will tell you the truth. I won't make you promises to sell you something that isn't true.

FACT: I  have trained 31 people since 2013 in nine bootcamps. EVERYONE of them are listed on the web site with their email addresses - http://hypnosisbootcamp.info
FACT: More than half of them now make five-figure incomes doing stage hypnosis shows.
Some part-time. Others full-time.
FACT: I have given shows to seven of my students and they have made more than the cost of this training back from me alone!

   
 

Truth - this is not going to be easy...

You will do five shows in five days, by yourself, solo.
We have now have also created an additional "inductions training" for those of you who want/need a bit more education before you walk on stage.

The people you will hypnotize and do shows for have probably never seen or been in a hypnosis show and have probably never been hypnotized. This isn't a classroom training where you hypnotize the same group of student hypno-junkies over n' over. This is in the field. It's live. It's real!

   
 

We give you unconditional, personal support. Two very experienced trainers are with you at all times.

• If you were going to be an actor, you'd take acting classes.
• If you are putting on a play, you'd want a director.
• All performers need training and trainers that know more than they do.
We coach you and offer subtle suggestions that make all the difference.

Regardless, you know more than everyone in your audience, and they will accept you as an authority.

You will be successful, and when you leave Boot Camp, you will be able to say, "YES, I CAN!"

   
 

Happy to help.

Still have questions? Want to talk? Call us. We are always available to answer your questions.
(800) 892-2287
Email us at
bootcamp@alansands.com
We are extending the deadline for early bird discounts until the end of this month.
 Until June 1st, you can still get the Early Bird Discounts.
Can't stay the whole seven days? Talk to us. We can get you through quicker.
(You'll do more shows per day, but still do five shows while with us.)

 

“Which” Doctor Rapid Induction

This is a variation of the handshake interrupt induction relying more on confusion than shock. The subject is left to assign meaning to the question of ‘which’ is the dominant hand (thereby creating the pattern interrupt). In actuality, there is no difference whatsoever as far as you’re concerned.

  1. Ask “Are you right or left handed?”

  2. Whatever they say, ask “Good, may I borrow that arm?” (Pointing to their right hand)

  3. Bring their hand up about front 18 inches in front of their face while simultaneously pointing at their hand with your right hand.

  4. Say, “Look at your hand… notice the lines on it… and focus in on one spot. As that hand moves closer to your face, your eyes will begin to change focus… and you can become aware of your eyes… notice how that causes your breathing to shift… and now just close those eyes and… SLEEP! (Snap fingers)

  5. (Begin deepening immediately)

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The Hypnotic Stare – Arm Pull Induction

The hypnotic stare is powerful, and produces tangible results when used with most people. It triggers an “alpha–type” relationship and slight trance state with the subject, in most cases, causing them to be more easily persuaded and/or directed by you.

  1. Stand toe-to-toe with your subject.

  2. Tell them, “I’m about to hypnotize you deeper and faster than you’ve ever experienced before. Put your left hand on my shoulder.”

  3. Have them put their left hand on your shoulder, as you put your left hand on theirs and take their right hand in a handshake grip.

  4. Tell them, “In a moment, when I say ‘sleep,’ you will relax, fall into my chest and go deep into trance, staying firmly and solidly on your feet. Look directly into my eyes. Do not remove your eyes from mine.”

  5. Begin to stare at the point between and slightly above the eyes, focusing your gaze about 1 foot behind their head, as if you’re looking through them. Begin putting yourself into trance.

  6. After several seconds of the hypnotic stare, you’ll notice their gaze shifts and they ‘go inside.’ When you see that, pull their right hand gently but firmly and say, “SLEEP!”

  7. Cradle them against your chest, saying, “Staying firmly upon your feet, just drifting deeper and deeper down now.”

  8. Continue deepening

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NOTES: http://HypnosisBootCamp.info

$600 deposit, total price $1995

July 15-21, 2019 - Susanville, CA

August 5-11, 2019 - Missoula, MT

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One copy of Ormond McGill's New Encyclopedia of Stage Hypnosis Available for $60 (Full retail is $69.95)

I create (5) copies of every P1-B, (1) copy goes to the Troupe Leader, (1) copy for my permanent record, (2) copies go to Homeland Security and (1) copy is submitted for a Union Approval Letter

                    

 

INTRODUCTION:

For the last 20+ years I have helped a hundred entertainers enter the USA annually to entertain as variety performers by being involved in, or executing entirely, a P1-B visa application for them. The following is very formal, "Legaleze" and dry. This essay pertains to O and P applications, but probably covers a lot of other types of applications generally well, too.

DISCLAIMER:

I am not a lawyer or work for Homeland Security. This information is supplied informally. If you have legal questions, consult the USDHS or an attorney. I am happy to accept all criticisms, modifications, suggestions or critiques. Please email them to me at: alan@alansands.com.

DEFINITIONS:

YOU – a performer, a leader of a troupe, a prepresentative, agent or producer bringing entertainers (or sports teams, speakers, etc.) into the USA
 I, My, Myself or Me – My name is Alan Sands, and I am not a lawyer. I am an entertainer and a talent agent/producer who has been involved with writing Visa Applications for 21 years. I am not a legal aid and have no law or business degrees. I have, over the years, represented a number of troupes of performers who have come from Canada and England to the USA to perform. I was taught this process by the late Barbara Brodnax (RIP-2018) who wrote entertainment visa applications for Disney World, other law offices and independantly.
USCIS – United States Citizenship and Immigration Service - a division of the USDHS
DHS – United States Department of Homeland Security (a division of and used synonymously with USCIS)
P1-A or P1-B Visas – an athletic team or entertainment troupe visa application for an entire troupe or group
O Visa – a visa application for an individual - usually a performer

The more of this you do for yourself, the less it costs to have myself, a legal aid or a lawyer do it.

If all I do is write the essay, and retype all of the forms you get me with most of the info on the forms, so they are uniform, neat and pretty, then my job takes less time. This is a very "LEFT" brain exercise. I know how to do them so they pass USCIS inspection. What people pay me for is my 20+ years of experience and proofing what they do for me.

APPLICATION FEES:

It costs about $1500-$2700 in fees to do a P1 or O application. Members can divide the costs amongst themselves, so it costs each of them far less to maintain the permit each year. The first year is the most time consuming to create the permit. If there are no changes in the list of members each year, it takes far less time to reproduce the permit in future years. Even a small change can take an hour or two to change, update and modify in multiple places.

I do not add people to an existing permit unless they are going to become permanent members, year after year, into the future because I feel it can hurt the integrity of the permit.

Attached are links to see what the USCIS asks (instructions for filling out the forms and the forms themselves) so you can read it all in their language. I also outline it again in my own words. I do not say things in the same order they do.

FORM I-129

This form must be submitted with all applications: https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/files/form/i-129.pdf

• Print page 1-8 and fill out as best you can.
• For a P or an O permit; Print page 26-28 and filled out as best as possible.
• Page 35 & 36 are identical. Each performer must have one of these pages filled out.

These are the long form directions for filling out the above:
https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/p-1b-member-internationally-recognized-entertainment-group

AGVA INFORMATION

A Union Approval letter must be submitted with every P or O permit.
http://www.agvausa.com

I-907 PREMIUM PROCESSING APPLICATION

In the event you need the application reviewed by the USCIS in two weeks. Normal processing takes up to eight weeks.
https://www.uscis.gov/i-907

MY EXPLANATION OF HOW TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION
Remember when you were in school, and you would read the chapter in your social studies book, then answer questions in the back of the chapter? The teacher wanted you to repeat the question in the answer; (i.e., Question - Why is the sky blue? Answer - The sky is blue because…). This is how one does a Visa Request. You take each of the requests, answer each one in a long form essay. The entire essay is 10-20 pages total. You repeat your answers over and over again in each of the replies. In this way you answer each of the requests accurately.

I also send them an outline of what is included in the package as an "Enclosure List " so they have a checklist that shows I covered everything. All of this needs to be completed before 12/31/18 to use the forms linked above, as these forms expire after 12/31/18 and I do not know what the new forms will request or need.

Cost outline:
$   325 – I-129 Application
$   250 – Union Letter from AGVA
$   250 – Federal Express costs to/from AGVA and USCIS
$   150 – Photocopies for five copies of everything (AGVA; USCIS x 2; my copy, your copy)
$1,250 – If Premium Processing is necessary plus additional time to include a 2nd essay with the Premium Processing Application.

WHAT I NEED TO DO THIS ENTIRE PROCESS?
Promotional Material for each of the acts, 20 pages per act. I photocopy them back to back, so each act has ten (10) – two-sided pages of promo.
Promo should include Newspaper articles, magazine articles, letters of recommendation, photos, bio, credits, references, advertisements - They must all be IN ENGLISH.
If they are not in English, they must include an English translation or they are NOT to be included! Example: Newspaper cover pages in Chinese will deny the application being accepted (they will send it back with an RMI {request for more information} if there is no translation. It is best to not include non-translated documents regardless of how prestigious they are.

Photocopy of all Passports' inside page - This is for the AGVA Letter of Approval submission, not the USCIS Visa Application

List of awards, television appearances, outstanding performance credits, website link.

I need to know if they have ever been on another visa application to enter the USA, and if they have copies of that visa application, please include it. If they do not have copies, reference numbers for that visa application and a history of who, when, where, why all help.

Full legal name, home address, phone #'s, email addresses, web address, passport # (I keep all this info in an Excel Spreadsheet for my own records and references)

A copy of any and all contracts or letters of invitation and intent - with you and them - or them and others in the USA. Letter of intent or agreements spelling out what is being paid or supplies being furnished (i.e., housing, per diem, travel, etc.) all add to the application.

Any and all supporting documents about your event that make it so that the USCIS says, "yes - they are unique, special, best in class, real pretty, award winning, top selling..."

I need to know if they have legal convictions (including DUI) on their permanent record, or have ever been denied entry to the USA for any reason, when and why.

HOW MUCH WILL THIS COST YOU?
A lawyer will charge you $5,000 to $10,000 (possibly plus expenses) to do this, I have heard.
I charge $150 an hour plus expenses.
I believe it takes me approx. 3 days (24 hours) to do this if I have everything in place when I sit down to organize and execute it. The longest it ever took me was two weeks the first time I did this. lately, it takes me two days to repeat an application I have done in the past and up to seven days to do a new application if I have to do everything myself and no one does any organizing of the different acts before I attack it.

Alan Sands
(601) 490-2999

ALAN@ALANSANDS.COM
http://AlanSands.com

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