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'Roma' actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero granted US visa after three denied attempts

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Jakarta  /  Thu, February 14, 2019  /  11:32 am
'Roma' actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero granted US visa after three denied attempts

A still from 'Roma.' ( Esperanto Filmoj/Carlos Somonte)

After a year-long struggle, Roma actor Jorge Antonio Guerrero has successfully been granted a non-immigrant visa for the United States.

The Mexican-born actor gets his visa just as the awards season comes to an end, but Guerrero will get to take his seat at the upcoming Oscars.

People magazine confirmed that Netflix, who distributed Roma, worked alongside the US Embassy in Mexico on behalf of Guerrero, and was successful in securing a non-immigrant visa for the actor.

It was only a few weeks ago that Guerrero expressed his concern that he would miss the big night for Alfonso Cuarón’s film, Roma. The blockbuster landed 10 Oscar nominations – the most nominations at this year’s ceremony - including one for Best Picture.

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The successful cast involved in Roma is invited to the prestigious awards, and Guerrero assumed that his visa struggles would restrict him from attending. In 2018, he applied for a visa three times but was denied.

In an interview with Quien, Guerro said the first time he applied was at the beginning of last year. "Back then, I didn’t have anything related to the movie and my intentions were just for tourism. But then I started receiving invitations from Netflix in October and November to attend red carpets and the Golden Globes.” 

Despite the actor’s evidence of respected award invitations and a letter from one of the movie’s producers, the US remained firm on its decision to deny his entry the first three times.

“I brought a letter that they didn’t want to read, to be honest,” he said. “In my second try, they said I was going to work and I told them no, I was going because I was invited. And this last try wasn’t even memorable, it felt like the woman I spoke to was already a little angry.”

The Oscars will air on Feb. 24 from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (geo/kes)