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US raises touring artist visa fees by 42%

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Its going to get more expensive for foreign DJs and Staff performing in the United States from December 23rd because the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has recently announced a series of fee increases for immigration applications and petitions.

One of those increases applies to petitions for nonimmigrant workers, which are required for musicians, artists, actors, athletes, and others who travel to the United States to work.

On December 23, the fee for Form I-129, the Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, will go from $325 USD per person to $460 USD per person. That means it will be 42% more expensive for foreign musicians and their teams to work or tour in the United States.

The fee applies for every person entering into the United States to perform or work as part of an artist’s crew (tour managers, roadies, etc).

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