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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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NME Music News, Reviews, Videos, Galleries, Tickets and Blogs | NME.COMVisa fees for foreign artists touring the US to increase by over 50%

The increase, announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will impact the P and O visas. The cost of filing for an O visa, generally given to those deemed to have “Extraordinary  Ability or Achievement,” will increase by a staggering 53 percent, from $460 to $705. And the P visa, which is also available to family members of the touring acts, will be nearly as much, going up to $695.

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Visa fees for foreign artists touring the US to increase by over 50%

Visa fees for foreign artists touring the US will increase by over 50% before the end of 2020, the US Department Of Homeland Security has announced.

The fee increases, which were first proposed last November, will affect both the P and O visa types, which are generally used by touring artists. The visas allow artists to return to the country within one and three years respectively.

Filing fees for an O visa, which applies to “Individuals with Extraordinary Ability or Achievement,” will increase from $460 to $705, a rise of 53%. The P visa, which can also be used by family members of the individuals, will increase by to a total cost of $695.

Visa application waiting times are set to increase to 15 business days, but a fast track service that costs over $1000 will be available for those needing their application to be dealt with more quickly.

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