DHS Increases Visa Fees For Touring Artists : NPR

The Statue of Liberty in August 2019.

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The Statue of Liberty in August 2019.

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While it’s still unknown when musicians and touring artists will again be able to perform in venues, those based abroad and hoping to tour the U.S. will face increased costs to do so legally.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, part of the Department of Homeland Security, announced the change in the Federal Register on Thursday, just ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend. It mandates that fees to obtain O and P visas, which cover individual artists and groups, respectively, and allow them to work for a period of time in the U.S., will be increased by around 50%.

An O visa, which applies to “Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement,” will increase in price from $460 to $705, a 53% increase, while the P visa, which generally applies to groups or “culturally unique” artists, will increase from $460 to $695, a

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