Magazine article International Musician

US Immigration Processing Updates

Magazine article International Musician

US Immigration Processing Updates

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Contracts and Itineraries Required for Tours

Approximately two months ago US Immigration implemented a new requirement to the work evidence portion of the P-2 Visa petition. It is now required on all multiple venue tours that both signed contracts/agreements and a detailed covering itinerary be submitted. We realize this new requirement presents a problem for many musicians, and we will do our best to work with musicians and their representatives to compile all necessary work evidence.

Processing Time

In late June we were informed that the Immigration Service Centers are backlogged by at least two weeks. So we must increase the suggested minimum processing time to 45 calendar days. Also, as a friendly reminder, the AFM will process and send to US Immigration all complete applications within 72 hours of receipt (weekends and holidays excepted). This 72-hour turn around time is figured into the minimum processing requirement provided above.

Note: It is strongly recommended on applications received with less than 45 days to process that the Department of Homeland Security premium processing fee, an additional US $1,225, is paid.

Merchandise

At a meeting with US Consulate officials in April, we were advised that there have been changes to the method in which a band can bring their merchandise (CDs, etc.) into the US. It is now being slowly enforced by US Customs, that any Canadian musician(s) wishing to sell their product in the US must do so on consignment. This means that, in advance of leaving for their US tour, bands are now advised to engage a US customs broker or other US citizen to sell their band merchandise for them. This is in compliance with formal entry requirements, and will ensure the merchandise is not held by the border officials at the time of entry. Proof of this arrangement must be provided at the time of entry into the US. …

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