O and P Visa Fee Increase Ahead: Urge USCIS to Make Improvements Now! (6/28/16)

U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed making it more costly to apply for the required visas for foreign guest artists, and is inviting public comments on its plans to increase the filing fee for an I-129 petition for an O or P artist visa from $325 to $460 – a 42% increase. The Premium Processing Service fee would remain at the current rate of $1,225 – still out of reach for most nonprofit arts organizations. The date for implementing the proposed fee increase has not yet been set.

Several national performing arts organizations are working together to submit comments, and the public is invited to participate as well. USCIS is accepting public comment on their fee proposal via the Federal Register through July 5, 2016. To learn more and speak up, you can participate through the Federal Register.