Support Reasonable Artist Visa Validity Periods

Performing arts organizations frequently engage performing artists travelling to the United States for multiple performances over a period of time.  U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking comments on guidance it plans to offer to its staff when processing visa petitions in which there are gaps of time between performances.  While the memo is generally supportive of the process we would like USCIS to use, arts organizations are encouraged to weigh in with statements explaining why efficient and reliable visa processing is essential to supporting international cultural exchange.  Comments are due to USCIS by Monday, May 24, 2010. Click the here to learn more about the draft policy memo.