Archive for the ‘Visas’ Category

A CORONAVIRUS VISA ROUNDUP FOR NON-US ARTISTS

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Cancelled Engagements, Unemployment, Layoffs, and Visa Renewals By Brian Taylor Goldstein As the tumbleweeds blow through Times Square and we begin to consider the viability of Easter peeps or even kale to supplement the dwindling toilet paper supplies, there is an understandable amount of angst and confusion on many fronts. Not least among them are […]

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What We Know So Far About Trump’s Coronavirus Travel Ban

Friday, March 13th, 2020

By Brian Taylor Goldstein In short, not much. As you can imagine, this was announced without any details as to how, exactly, this was going to work in terms of screening, implementation, flight schedules, etc. But here what we know so far… Anyone who has been in one of the 26 European countries in the […]

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Avoiding A Trip to A U.S. Consulate

Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

Depending on the consulate and a person’s nationality, a “renewal by mail” option is “sometimes” available for artists who are applying for the same visa (O, P, F, etc) within 1 year of the last one. For example, a famous conductor who comes to the U.S. each year on O-1 visas and who gets approved […]

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Visa Tip for Booking Agents/Managers

Friday, December 13th, 2019

December 13, 2019 Hi folks Sorry for our infrequent posts. We’ll try and do better. To that end, I thought I’d share an issue that just arose with one of our clients. A booking agent filed P-1/P-1S visa petitions for a group that has previously been approved. This time, they received an RFE on a […]

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U.S. Artist Visa Updates as of April 5, 2019

Friday, April 5th, 2019

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Most of you are aware by now that in fall 2018 a number of significant policy and procedural changes were imposed on the already exasperating process of obtaining U.S. artist visas. No surprisingly, these changes were the work of Donald Trump, who is also known by many other names: Cheeto-In-Chief, Trumpty […]

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THE ARTIST VISA UPDATE FROM HELL as of July 17, 2018

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq., Robyn Guilliams, Esq., and Christopher Dowley, Esq. I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer…because we are just about the ruin it. So be prepared for some serious sunburn, chiggers, sand fleas, and food poisoning as we give you the latest updates:     I.    NEW USCIS POLICY ALLOWS VISA PETITIONS […]

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SOME CANTANKEROUS MUSINGS ON PROPOSED LEGISLATION TO SPEED UP USCIS INCOMPETENCY

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq. For those of you who are unaware, on February 28, 2018 U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), both former chairmen of the Senate Judiciary Committee, have introduced the Arts Require Timely Service Act (ARTS Act); a bill that would require U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to provide […]

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CAN A U.S. ORCHESTRA REFUSE TO PAY A NON-U.S. MUSICIAN?

Tuesday, February 27th, 2018

By Brian Taylor Goldstein Dear Law and Disorder: I am a musician on an O-1 visa that my agent got for me. It covers multiple engagements. Last September, I was hired to be a section musician with an orchestra. They have been paying me up until now, but now they are saying that legally they […]

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The impact of Trump’s revised travel ban won’t have much impact on the arts!

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Just a quick update for those of you wondering about the arts implications of the revised travel ban: Aside from adding North Korea and Venezuela (with the latter not actually be a “real” ban) to the list, everything else is pretty much the same as it was…with everyone in the world regardless of citizenship continuing […]

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WHY ARE ARTISTS BEING DENIED ENTRY INTO THE US? HOW DID IT COME TO THIS AND WHO DO WE BLAME?

Friday, March 17th, 2017

By Brian Taylor Goldstein, Esq.    By now, you should all be aware that the incidents of artists and performers from a wide range of nationalities arriving in the United States as visitors (either on visitor visas (B-1/B-2) or through the visa waiver/ESTA program) and being refused entry are growing at an alarming rate. These […]

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