Today, the upcoming third annual Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival annouced the highly anticipated lineup for the event’s annual all-star jam session, dubbed the “PowWoW!” In addition to the session’s previously announced maestro–the one and only Snoop (Doggy) Dogg, this year’s Okeechobee PoWoW! will be held down throughout by the best backing band in the business, the legendary Roots crew.A long list of artists from the worlds hip-hop, funk, soul, and beyond will join Snoop and The Roots onstage throughout the jam, including the “Queen of Funk,” Chaka Khan. Rounding out the stacked PoWoW! lineup will be young hip-hop superstar Joey Bada$$, Big Gigantic saxophonist Dominic Lalli, exceptionally talented New Orleans’ multi-instrumentalist Trombone Shorty, and organ guru Cory Henry (formerly of Snarky Puppy). Of course, as is customary for the Okeechobee PoWoW!, additional surprise guests are sure to make appearances during the set as well.Last year’s collaboration with Solange, Michael McDonald, Gallant, Griz, Allen Stone, Vulfpeck, Eric Krasno, members of Lawrence & more reimagined McDonald and Kenny Loggins‘ hit “What A Fool Believes” and much more. At the inaugural Okeechobee weekend in 2016, Miguel and Win Butler of Arcade Fire, along with John Oates (of Hall & Oates), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Kamasi Washington created their own versions of David Bowie’s “Fame” and Drake’s “Hotline Bling”.Located in the heart of Florida, sitting between Miami, Tampa and Orlando, Sunshine Grove spans across 800-acres of pristine grasslands, clear lakes, and exotic tropical woodlands. The diverse, multi-genre festival celebrates the start of Spring with both world renowned and on the rise performers, art installations, yoga, meditation, local culinary treats and more.As Okeechobee Festival enters its third year on the heels of two sold out weekends in 2017 and 2016, respectively, it has quickly grown to be the largest independent festival in the Southeast and the first major destination of the festival season.Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is set to take place from Thursday, March 1st – Sunday, March 4th at Sunshine Grove in Okeechobee, FL. To purchase your weekend ticket for Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival, head to the event website.
USCIS releases revised Fiancé(e) Visa Form The USCIS recently revised its form I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e) and K-3 visas and since June 9, 2017, this form 4/10/17 edition is the only one which will be accepted. The good news is that Form G-325A is incorporated into the new I-129F form, so a separate G-325A (Biographic Information) for each spouse no longer needs to be filed. The bad news is that the form contains a “Petitioner’s Declaration and Certification” which informs the U.S. Citizen sponsoring a Fiancé(e) or bringing a spouse to the U.S. on the K-3 that he or she may be required to have their biometrics (fingerprints, photograph and/or signature) taken. This has been done in the past petitioners with a criminal history and may become more frequent in the future.DREAMERS advised to renew DACA status 120 days prior to expiration The USCIS recommends that DREAMERS holding DACA status renew their Deferred Action status and Work Authorization early in order to avoid a lapse in permission to work. DREAMERS should apply for renewal no later than 120 days prior to expiration. The process for renewal is nearly identical to the initial process for DACA status, except the initial documentation to prove eligibility is not required.There’s a new form and USCIS DACA Filing Fees have increased from $465 to $495. Applicants are advised to write “Renewal Request” in large letters on the bottom of each form and include:Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood ArrivalForm I-765, Application for Employment AuthorizationForm I-765WSImmigration question and answerQuestion: I am applying for my citizenship and the form asks about all my trips in recent 5 years. I travel a lot for work and I have lots of trips and some of the US entry stamps are stamps on top of stamps and I cannot read the dates accurately. Does it matter if I make a mistake just because I cannot clearly see the dates? Answer: As is often the case, U.S. and foreign border officers alike, simply stamp your passport page without even considering whether it is legible or not. In most naturalization cases, making the best guess you can for illegible dates is the best you can do and the USCIS will not fault you for it. However, fortunately, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has a website which allows travelers to access their U.S. travel history going back five years from the request date. To access the information, go to the CBP website and click on “Get Travel History” and print out the report.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly News