Elina Lev has won an audition to play in the second violins of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.
Before that, she was associate concertmaster of the Charlotte Symphony for four years and then of the Utah Symphony. She’s the daughter of professional musicians in St Petersburg and a former student of Vadim Gluzman.
But her burgeoning career has just his a brick wall of US immigration bureaucracy. Elina applied for US citizenship. Her application was turned down. She appealed on grounds of being ‘an alien of extraordinary ability’ but the authorities are contesting that, suggesting that membership of outstanding orchestras does not qualify as ‘extraordinary ability’.
The case is ongoing. If Elina cannot get a green card or full citizenship, the consequences could be dire.
Read on here. She may need our support in an upcoming campaign.