Brazilian artists and their agents are always looking for opportunities to perform shows, presentations or other types of artistic events in the USA. However, one must be aware of US government regulations regarding visas and appropriate conditions, for the arrival of these artists and the performance of their shows. For quite some time, the Immigration Department (USCIS) has been vigilant in enforcing foreign artists’ visas in America, especially with regard to the type of visa the artists and their crew possess. As a result, several Brazilian artists tracked by USCIS for not having the appropriate visas (O or P) have had their events canceled, which has resulted in great losses for the producers, organizers of the shows and, of course, for the artists themselves.
It is critical that both artists and their agents know the appropriate types of visas and other rules that regulate artists coming to the US. Contrary to what many believe, a tourist visa (B1/B2) does not allow any performance related to music, theater, cinema, etc. Holders of tourist visas are not allowed to participate at special artistic/production events, even if they are not compensated for such participation. In order to perform in the USA, it is necessary that both the artists and the members of their support teams (staff) have O or P visas.
With more than 20 years of experience in Immigration services and consultancy, HAYMAN-WOODWARD PLLC is at your disposal to clarify any doubts and assist artists in all stages of the O and P visa application process, thus contributing to a high level of development of the US artist production market.
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