The latest social media appearance of Minister Marion Hall, who was known as Lady Saw in Jamaica and other places, was a video of her lamenting because the application for her 01 visa was denied.
“When I was Lady Saw, I got all these O1 visas. They’re given to people of status, like celebrities. In this time here, when the virus is going around, I couldn’t believe that I just now get the letter of denial to say, since you’ve become a gospel artiste, we no longer see you as that person with status,” the former reigning Queen of the Dancehall said.
The US Embassy is still issuing Visas even though no one is traveling at this time. Celebrities should have their travel documents so they can be ready to go whenever travel begins again.
The O1 visa is a non-resident temporary worker visa that is normally granted to aliens with extraordinary abilities in athletics, the sciences, arts, education or business.
Her Manager Delroy Escoffery revealed that the Minister’s visa issues began two years ago when her green card was taken away and she could not travel to the US for some time.
Escoffrey Explained that when you get a green card, for the first year, you cannot leave without getting permission from immigration. He also revealed that during the first year, she was booked with a popular Gospel Station for an event.
“She was booked and she told them she couldn’t make it because she had not made the request. After she came down and they reported the green card”.
“The team then decided to do after an O2 visa, which is a document granted to persons who are assisting other O visa holders at events or performances when they are booked. The authorities then came up with many different things,” Escoffery noted.
Gospel Might be the Reason
He stated “The first time we did it, they claimed that the venue wasn’t related to gospel venues, so we’d have to do it over. They kept saying they’re processing. But between those two years, she was grounded. She didn’t have a US visa.”
Escoffery believes that Minister Marion’s changed persona, which is less popular than her former one, is part of the reason she was turned down. “O1 is for status, in terms of how recognised you are. Minister Marion Hall is like a new talent, so to them, she’s not eligible under Minister Marion Hall. It’s just politricks,” he asserted.
But the team is not complaining. The O1 visa would have secured three years of travel, but Minister Marion is currently satisfied with a B1 visa.
“As I said before, we’re a chosen generation, royal priesthood, holy nation, peculiar people. When it’s time, God will take you where you want to be. The Minister doesn’t think she should have any ill-feeling about anything, any disappointments, setbacks or denials because God will never deny her”.
She also spoke about the option of a religious visa. But Escoffery clarified that statement and revealed that a church would need to sponsor her. “We nuh even ah pree dat. God will work everything out,” he also added.