“I have used Don and GAMI/Simonds to prepare US visa petitions for my UK based group Tenors UnLimited since 2012 - he always delivers, always replies to correspondence and is a joy to deal with. Couldn’t imagine negotiating this minefield without him.”
Paul Martin, Tenors UnLimited, London, UK (www.tenorsunlimited.com/)
“Don Verdery has been crucial for the success of Teatro de Ocasión's tour in the US in April 2018. His expertise but also his patience and friendly assistance were fundamental for us to get through the process of applying for a work permit visa and also deal with the complicated tax system in the US. I warmly recommend Don Verdery to any artist that intends to tour in the US! One needs trustworthy specific guidance to be successful with the petition and I cannot imagine anyone doing that better than GAMI Simonds. The new website contains precious information open to anyone touring abroad and is just another sign of Don's generosity with our sector. I will certainly work with Don in all future tours organized by Amazonas Network!”
Bebé de Soares, AMAZONAS NETWORK (www.amazonasnetwork.com)
" I have known GAMI/Simonds for almost 20 years. Visas are essential to touring like rigging is to circus and GAMI/Simonds always get things done the right way. It’s called…expertise! "
Jean-Pierre Dion Directeur Services Culturels / Director Cultural ServicesDélégation générale du Québec à New York / Québec Government Office in New York.
"Don is the ROCK STAR of visa services."
Sharon Kim-Dion, CEO SKD Arts International, Inc. (Chinese artists)
“Don at GAMI/Simonds has helped our program navigate the complicated visa process for numerous artists who otherwise would never have had the chance to perform in the United States. GAMI/Simonds’ thorough and methodical approach has resulted in 100% success rate with visa our visa petitions. If you want visas for your artists, do what Don says!”
Elizabeth Doud, National Performance Network’s Performing Americas Program Leader.
"We count on the experience and expertise of GAMI/Simonds' Visa services. GAMI/Simonds keeps up on the latest changes in the visa landscape to give us vital support as we navigate the complexities of bringing artists from abroad on U.S. tours. Our agency is a repeat customer, and that says it all."
Martha Woods, President, Jonathan Wentworth Associates, Ltd. (www.Jwentworth.com)
"GAMI/Simonds Visa are the only visa agents I've worked with in the USA who actually care and take responsibility. From the very first time I worked with them, I felt confident that I was in safe hands. They guided me through the process, kept it simple and managed all the deadlines. And when I got them to handle my CWAs, I was hooked. I'll never work with anyone else again and have brought all the artists I work with to them. A total pleasure to work with and fully professional. "
Brian Dubb, Founder & CEO, MPAL PRO (www.mpal.pro)
"Hands down the best visa agent we've worked with, very well structured approach, simplifying a complex situation with full transparency of our options, would not hesitate to recommend GAMI/Simonds Visa for your USA visa needs, in fact, we highly advise it!"
Blue King Brown (Australia)
"We have been trusting Don Verdery and GAMI/Simonds since 2010 to make U.S. visa applications a successful process. Don is a great teacher and always keeps us informed of changes in regulations, letting us know what to expect. As the process has become more and more difficult over the recent years, we can’t begin to imagine how we would manage without Don’s guidance. We have been recommending GAMI/Simonds to other organizations and will keep on doing so with pleasure."
Marie-France Bruyère, Director, Tour Marketing and Communications Theatre Motus, Canada (www.theatremotus.com/en/)
“From our very first introduction all the way through to our successful Visa Application we felt incredibly well taken care of. Don and his team were thorough, attentive and detail focused with an intuitive and adaptive approach to guiding us through the often daunting and overwhelming bureaucratic process. Always in our corner, even when the clock was running down and the pressure was on, GAMI / Simonds Visa have a great ability to handle situations as they arise with grace and surety. I'd highly recommend their services to any artist looking to expand their market into the USA.”
Mama Kin Spender (Australia)