As reported in late spring, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
(USCIS) proposed an increase to the O and P petition fees. AFM,
along with is long-standing coalition of (US-based) non-profit arts
organizations, aggressively lobbied against the implementation of any
increase. Despite those concerted efforts, late last week
a substantial (42%) increase on O's and P's, from $325USD to
The AFM of course recognizes that this increase adds a significant
burden to its Canadian members, musicians world-wide and to petitioners
of artist permits such as the AFM.
On November 2nd USCIS is holding a teleconference of its
recognized Stakeholders in the US non-profit arts sector. The
position and arguments of the AFM and others will be to urge USCIS to
respond to its current lack of quality in service, and, to press for vast
improvements and consistency in processing times – especially now that
USCIS has increased the fee.
To avoid paying the new fee at this time, please submit completed
P2 applications to the AFM's Canadian Office (CFM) ensuring receipt by
that office no later than Monday, December 19, 2016. Applications
received on or after December 20, 2016 will need to have the new fee
Also, please be reminded that at this time we are recommending 120
days/4 months processing time (unless filing premium processing).
The above timeline is an estimate, which is subject to be increased or
decreased by USCIS, with no requirement on USCIS to provide petitioners
advance notice of changes to processing times. AFM's P2
Administrative Team monitors USCIS processing progress weekly, in an
effort to provide as solid a time line as possible.
While it may be hard to believe, especially considering the processing
time and fees, but, for Canadians the USCIS artist visa process is much
more simplified and less costly than it is for all other musicians across
the globe, who enter the United States under the same permits.
For additional information and questions on the AFM's lobbying
initiatives to improve access to the U.S., or the AFM's role as a
petitioner of artist permits, please email Liana White, Executive
Director AFM/CFM, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Canadian Federation of Musicians
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