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GUEST,William Pint Canadian singer Allison Crowe refused entry to UK (83* d) RE: Canadian singer Allison Crowe refused entry to 01 Jun 09

As a performer who has been touring in the UK for many years, I'd like to say that the change in legal requirement from work permit to sponsorship was made clear long in advance of my last visit in February.

I don't know how Allison Crowe handled these things in the past, but, I do know that it was common for some US performers to travel to the UK as tourists and regularly sneak in without work permits. If she's traveled there in the past she should have been familiar with getting work permits, and if she tried to get one for this trip, she'd have found that the rules had changed. The article's wording about "staying with friends" with her "fellow bandmates" makes it sound as if she was caught trying to pull a fast one.

Customs and Immigration Officials are, generally speaking, not stupid and can see through most of the lies that are regularly thrown at them. I find it far less stressful to play by the rules and get official permission/sponsorship rather than sweat it out for the entire flight. Especially seeing that these people tend to take it kind of personally when folks give them bullshit. Also -- lets face it -- the agent who captures a folk singer probably gets the same sort of job credit as the agent who catches an actual dangerous bad guy. We make nice safe easy targets.

Don't do it - it's not worth it. They hold all the aces in this game -- every one.

I wish that the world was all border-free and friendly and one big planet, but, that just isn't the way it works right now. Politicians feel they get re elected by 'protecting' their homelands and pass this sort of garbage to make it look as if they are at least trying to do it.

I see that Jacey Bedford posted here -- I'd recommend Jacey as a reliable source for artists looking to tour in the UK legally. I have never been turned away at the border, and she has always come through with the correct paperwork in spite of some tremendous red tape difficulties.

William Pint

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