International Artists/VisasIn This Section
By inviting foreign musicians to perform, orchestras provide American audiences the opportunity to experience a diversity of musical talent and encourage a supportive climate for U.S. orchestras to perform abroad. Understanding the U.S. visa and tax requirements can smooth the way for successfully engaging international artists.
In the links below, the League provides guidance for navigating the complicated visa and tax laws, updates on recent policy changes, and opportunities to weigh in with Congress to improve the visa process.
February 8, 2024
In This Issue: Final Visa Rule Sets New Fees, Effective April 1, 2024,and Ticketing Action Continues in Congress and at FTC
December 13, 2023
In This Issue: Ticketing Legislation Advances in U.S. House and Senate; Congressional Letter Urges U.S. Secretary of Education to Improve Access to Arts Education; Prepare for FY25 NEA Grant Applications; Traveling with Ivory: Canada Announces New Permit Rules; Visa Petitions to Texas Service Center
March 10, 2023
The opportunity to respond to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security proposed rule on visa filing fees has been extended and will now close on Monday, March 13. This proposal would more than triple the cost for O and P artist visas applications filed by U.S. petitioners.
January 23, 2023
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule that would impose very steep increases to some of its filing fees, including for O and P artist visas applications filed by U.S. petitioners. The comment period is open until March 6, 2023, and DHS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) expect to take several months to review public feedback and consider adjustments.
November 21, 2022
In This Issue: Short-term Priorities for Year-End Legislating, Prepare for 2023 and Beyond, and Odds and Ends
September 27, 2022
In This Issue: Activate New Voter Engagement Resources; Shuttered Venues Grant Program Enters Closeout Process; Talks Accelerate on New Rules for Musical Instruments; Engaging Artists from Abroad
March 1, 2022
The Russian invasion of Ukraine is a betrayal of humanity. In the face of this attack on an independent nation, with innocent citizens being killed, maimed, or forced to flee their homes, we may feel powerless as arts organizations to make a difference. Nonetheless, this past week the classical music world has moved swiftly to respond to unfolding events and many American orchestras have expressed their solidarity with the people of Ukraine in powerful ways.
February 14, 2022
In This Issue: Act Now: ERTC Reinstatement Gaining Support; States Now Processing FEMA Safe Opening Assistance; U.S. Copyright Office Opens Talks on 'Bots'; Shuttered Venue Grants in Action Nationwide; NEA American Rescue Plan Grants to Aid 24 Orchestras; New Engagement by U.S. Department of Education on Arts Learning; Engaging International Artists? Explore Consular Waivers, Confirm Approved Vaccines
January 13, 2022
In This Issue: Act Now: Renewed COVID-19 Relief Talks Underway; NEA Awards 1st Round FY22 Grants, Direct ARP Grants to Come; Newest Artist Visa Updates as Travel Resumes, Cautiously; League Resources on COVID-19 Relief and New Safety Rules; 2022: A Key Year for Advocacy
December 17, 2021
In This Issue: Speak Up to Reinstate the Employee Retention Tax Credit; IRS to Non-Itemizers: Donate Now; Shuttered Venue Operators Grants Enter New Phase of Implementation; National Endowment for the Arts Grant News and Updates; Our Year-End Thanks to You!
Banner: Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops featuring Landslide: A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Fleetwood Mac was the Quad City Symphony Orchestra’s first orchestral event during the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic. Photo: Nicolas Propes
In This Section
- Key Policy Issues
- Visa and Tax How-To
- Submit Your Visa Tracking Info
- Requesting a Visa Support Letter
- Take Action: Visa and tax for foreign guest artists
- Free On-Demand Webinars: Visa, Tax, and Travel Information
- Tips for Traveling by Air
- Foreign Artist Visa & Tax News
- Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (aka Save Our Stages)
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