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U.S. Immigration Options for Musicians from Abroad

An artist's work is never limited by boundaries, but legal realities would beg to differ. Among other legal concerns, professional artists who work internationally must consider their immigration status in countries where they plan to work. This workshop seeks to review the immigration process for musicians and music industry professionals from abroad who wish to work in the U.S.
This workshop is applicable to musicians as well as managers and agents, who may be seeking information for themselves and/or the musicians they represent. This information is particularly relevant to musicians from abroad who, for example, are looking to be signed by a U.S.-based label, gain traction with U.S. audiences, and/or who have experienced some success abroad but are looking to pursue a U.S.-based career. The workshop will review the visa process and timeline, necessary documentation, expenses, what to expect/benefits, risks involved in foregoing the visa process, and more.

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  1. I am an musician or a music industry professional. I want to work in the U.S. but I am from abroad. What are my options? What is the basic process?
  2. What evidence or documents do I need to show in order to get a visa to work in the U.S.? What if I don't have the proper documents? What is the best way to prepare myself if I plan to apply for the visa in the future?
  3. As a musician, I work for multiple people and my schedule is often unpredictable. Will this be a problem if I want to work in the U.S.?
  4. How much does it cost to get a visa to work in the U.S.? Is the price worth the benefits?
  5. My friends have come to the U.S. without a visa. Do I really need one? What are the risks if I enter the U.S. with the intent to work but I don't have a proper visa?



Sharon Brenner, Attorney, Surowitz Immigration P.C.

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