O and P Visa Fee Increase Ahead: Urge USCIS to Make Improvements Now!
July 6, 2016 (This is an update to our originally posted item from June 28, 2016)
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed making it more costly to apply for the required visas for foreign guest artists, and is inviting public comments on its plans to increase the filing fee for an I-129 petition for an O or P artist visa from $325 to $460 – a 42% increase. The Premium Processing Service fee would remain at the current rate of $1,225 – still out of reach for most nonprofit arts organizations. The date for implementing the proposed fee increase has not yet been set.
The League has submitted comments on behalf of orchestras in partnership with a national nonprofit performance arts coalition. We also invite our members to weigh in as well. USCIS is accepting public comment on their fee proposal via the Federal Register through July 6, 2016. To learn more, please visit our special online campaign that lists the improvements we are seeking and provides an easy way for you to participate in this public comment process.