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A National Ban on Non-Compete Agreements; Paid v. Unpaid Interns; More Artist Visa News, Nausea and Updates; A Shameless Self-Congratulations

Tuesday, May 14th, 2024

LAW & DISORDER Performing Arts Division May 15, 2024   INSIDE THIS ISSUE: • A National Ban on Non-Compete Agreements  • Paid v. Unpaid Interns  • More Artist Visa News, Nausea & Updates  • A Shameless Self-Congratulations   Legal Issue of the Month:   Will a New National Ban on Non-Compete Agreements Force Agents and Managers […]

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199 Operas You Need to Experience

Sunday, July 9th, 2023

The French website Forum Opera has just given us a list of 199 operas that you should experience before you die. There are a “few” on the list that I have not yet experienced and there is not an extraordinary length of time left for me to finish this task.  Did they miss anything? Has […]

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What Are Contracts for?; Non-Profit By-Laws Made Simple; Are Union Strikes Force Majeure events?; Artist Visa Updates

Wednesday, June 7th, 2023

LAW & DISORDER Performing Arts Division June 7, 2023  INSIDE THIS ISSUE: • What Are Contracts For?  • Non-Profit Laws Made Simple  • Are Union Strikes Force Majeure Events?  • Artist Visa Updates   Legal Issue of the Month: What Are Contracts For???  It’s no secret that a vast expanses of artists, venues, managers, presenters, […]

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CALL TO ACTION! ARTISTS COMMUNITY ASSEMBLE!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023

LAW & DISORDER Performing Arts Division February 22, 2023  CALL TO ACTION! ARTS COMMUNITY ASSEMBLE!   We have until MARCH 13, 2023 to file public comments and objections to USCIS’s proposal to artist visa petition fees to nightmarish levels. As a reminder, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the consummate embodiment of incompetency, capriciousness, […]

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Artist Visa Updates, Force Majeure Clauses, Streaming Licenses, and Deep Thoughts

Thursday, December 8th, 2022

  LAW & DISORDER Performing Arts Division December 8, 2022   INSIDE THIS ISSUE > Artist Visa Updates < > Force Majeure Clauses < > Streaming Licenses <   > Congratulations! < > Deep Thoughts <  Artist Visa Updates  • Current USCIS Service Center Processing Times Vermont Service Center: Standard Processing: 4 – 6 weeks Premium […]

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Backlogs at US Consulates, New USCIS forms, Contract Entirety Clauses, and Board Term Limits

Wednesday, June 15th, 2022

LAW & DISORDER: Performing Arts Division June 16, 2022 INSIDE THIS ISSUE » Backlogs at US Consulates « » New USCIS forms « » Contract Entirety Clauses « » Board Term Limits « Current USCIS Service Center Processing Times: Vermont Service Center: Standard processing: 4 – 8 weeks Premium processing: 9 – 10 days California […]

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IN-PERSON APPOINTMENT WAIVERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR O AND P VISAS

Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Happy New Year! Let’s hope the 2021 we wanted finally comes in 2022, Perhaps you were as surprised as I to wake up Christmas morning to discover that the U.S. Department of State had left an actual gift in our stockings. Not too much, and not too expensive, but it’s the […]

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THE NIE WALL TO COME DOWN …and more good news!

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

By Brian Taylor Goldstein It’s so rare that I get to share anything positive in the world of artist visas that I still find myself wondering if I have inadvertently fallen through the matrix into someplace where it is not 2021. The White House announced today (Monday, September 20, 2021) that in “early November” it […]

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USCIS Has Officially Raised Premium Processing to $2500 EFFECTIVE OCTOBER 19, 2020… and an update on National Interest Waivers while we’re at it.

Friday, October 16th, 2020

The Screaming Demon Pumpkin and his festering goblins of anal carbuncles JUST announced TODAY that it was raising the premium processing fee from $1440 to $2500 effective this Monday, October 19, 2020. Any petitions postmarked after October 19, 2020 will be returned if they do not have the higher fee. Whilst I expect this to […]

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TODAY’S USCIS FORECAST: A Storm of Travel Ban Issues with a Cold Blast of COVID-based RFEs, and a Looming Furlough-Nado!

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

I. Consulates Are Open, But Now Refusing To Issue Visas To Applicants Who Have Been In Certain Countries For artists who have been approved for visas, but have been waiting months to apply for them at a U.S. Consulate, many U.S. Consulates have re-opened and are beginning to issue visas. But not so fast…there continues […]

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