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.
June 9, 2021
Today, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced policy changes that will support improved visa processing, specifying opportunities for artist visa petitioners.
October 9, 2020
Orchestras that engage international guest artists should be aware that the new forms and fees that were to go into effect October 2 have been paused due to a nationwide preliminary injunction issued by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Petitioners should continue to use the current version of the Form I-129 (dated 01/27/20) and $460 filing fee for O and P visas for the time being.
September 25, 2020
U.S. petitioners that program international guest artists should prepare for steep fee increases in filing visa petitions with USCIS, effective next Friday, October 2, 2020. New versions of the Form I-129 were to have been released well in advance of this date, but as of September 23, the public is still awaiting approved versions of the new and I-129 forms.
August 26, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has not only forced the cancelation and postponement of countless concerts, it has also caused tremendous uncertainty regarding the participation of international artists in future events.
August 6, 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has denied the requests outlined in detailed comments (PDF) submitted by the League and national nonprofit arts stakeholders in response to the DHS December proposal to impose very steep increases to some of its filing fees, including for O and P artist visas applications. DHS finalized (PDF) its fee increases and policy changes, to take effect beginning October 2, 2020
June 24, 2020
This week the President announced an extension through December of his executive order from late April that had, at that time, suspended new immigration for 60 days. Effective immediately, individuals outside the United States who do not currently have an immigrant visa or official travel document other than a visa will be barred entry into the U.S. through December 31, 2020 “and may be continued as necessary” along with the possibility of “any modifications as may be necessary.”
April 24, 2020
An executive order issuing a Proclamation Suspending Entry of Immigrants was signed by President Trump on April 23, barring the issuance of new green card status for many individuals for a 60-day period.
April 10, 2020
Orchestras in communities of all sizes frequently engage international guest artists. In the wake of COVID-19, policy solutions are needed as arts organizations and global artists pivot to reschedule planned performances.
February 12, 2020
The League provides specialized assistance in navigating the complex visa requirements for guest artists.
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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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