Friday, 22 July 2011

Record-breaking banjo player can stay in USA

English multi-instrumentalist Johnny Butten (who in 2007 broke the Guinness world speed record for banjo previously held by Todd Taylor (USA)) has had his visa for living and working in the USA renewed by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services after several months of anxiety that threatened to disrupt his established musical career in the States.

In March his petition for renewal was refused by USCIS. He contested the decision, engaged a new immigration lawyer, and determined to fulfil his summer bookings in the USA. The decision to renew the visa reached him earlier this week. Read a detailed account by Bob Cherry on Cybergrass - especially if you are thinking of playing in the USA.