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Consultation Letters For U.S. Visas

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) require foreign musicians submit a consultation letter from AFM with their application for a U.S. Visa. Please note that consultation letters will only be issued after carefully reviewing the evidence and information supplied to AFM when your petition package is complete and ready to be sent to the USCIS.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Visa should I apply for?

What is a consultation letter and why do I need one?

Does AFM issue consultation letters for any artist or group?

What must I provide to receive a consultation letter?

What is the fee for a consultation letter?

Where do I send my materials?

 

Which Visa should I apply for?

O-1B Visas are for individual artists of international renown—that is, well known outside their home country.

P-1B Visas are for groups of international renown—that is, well known outside their home country.

P-2 Visas are for Canadian artists or musicians entering the United States through a government recognized reciprocal exchange program. If you need assistance with P-2 Visas, please contact our Canadian Office at 416.391.5161 or here. 

P-3 Visas are for groups that are culturally unique—for example, musicians who perform folk music of their home country.

 

What is a consultation letter and why do I need one?

The USCIS requires musicians include a letter from an appropriate peer group or union (in this case AFM) establishing that the artist or group traveling to the United States meets the standard of being internationally renowned or culturally unique.

 

Does the AFM issue consultation letters for any artist or group?

No. AFM issues consultation letters for artists and groups in which instrumentalists make up least 50% of the personnel. Other unions issue consultation letters for artists such as dancers, actors, stage managers, stage technicians, operatic singers and writers.

 

What must I provide to receive a consultation letter?

We need all of the following information to issue a consultation letter:

  • Completed AFM questionnaire.
  • Cover letter explaining who the musicians are, where they are from, and what qualifies them as culturally unique or internationally renowned. 
  • For P-1B and P-3 visas, please include a list of each musician and what instrument(s) they play.
  • For P-1B visas, please also include the length of time each member has been with the P-1 group.
  • Copies of any written contracts between the petitioner and the alien beneficiary, including what wages will be earned; or, if there is no written contract, a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the alien(s) will be employed.
  • Copy of the itinerary for appropriate employment period.
  • Support materials such as reviews, CD covers, programs, etc. which establishes the group or instrumental artist. Support materials must feature the instrumentalists—information on singers/actors/dancers only is not sufficient. Please do not submit more than 25 pages of support materials. 
  • Corporate check, cashier’s check or money order for $250 (normal processing time) or $350 (expedited processing time).

 

What is the fee for consultation letters?

For O-1B, P-1B, and P-3 visas, the administrative processing fee for each consultation letter is:

  • $250 for normal processing time (5 to 10 business days)

or

  • $350 for expedited service (two business days)

Please note that you may pay one fee for a combined O1/O2 consultation letter if you submit the materials in one petition package.

We cannot accept personal checks or credit cards for this fee. Corporate checks, cashier’s checks or money orders should be made out to AFM Immigration Processing.

For P-2 visas, please contact our Canadian Office at 416-391-5161 or here for their fees.

 

Where do I send my materials?

Please send all materials to:

AFM Immigration Processing
American Federation of Musicians
1501 Broadway
Suite 600
New York, NY 10036
United States

Helpful Tips

  • Send in your materials well in advance.
  • Sends copies—not originals—of all materials including USCIS Form I-129.
  • Include a corporate check, cashiers check or money order for $250 (normal processing time) or $350 (expedited processing time).
  • If you have questions, please contact us at afmvisa@afm.org.