Reminder: File Petitions Early! Allow for Delays and Consular Quirks – (03/21/18)

In addition to petitioners reporting mixed results when it comes to turnaround time from USCIS, in recent weeks a few petitioners have experienced irregularities in consular processing. Because much of the visa process abroad—after the artist has USCIS approval and is seeking the physical visa—happens at the discretion of consular staff, it is essential that petitioners take care to allow sufficient time for artists to schedule and undergo their visa interviews. It is always helpful for guest artists to familiarize themselves with the basic requirements and forms, and to prepare ahead of time.