09 June 2007

US Eases Visa Requests for Touring Artists

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Some good news for touring musicians and their audiences in the United States: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will change the visa processing rules to allow employers and agents more time to file visa requests for foreign guest artists. Extending the earliest filing date from 6 to 12 months will provide relief for those petitioners who are prepared to file far in advance of a performance.

The arts community has asked for this rule change as part of its overall efforts to reduce the total processing times for 'O' petitions (for individual foreign artists) and 'P' petitions (for groups of foreign artists, reciprocal exchange programs, and culturally unique artists) filed by, or on behalf of, nonprofit arts-related organizations.


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