Dance/USA supports the dance field by providing information and services related to visa and tax requirements for foreign guest artists. Such support includes:
What’s at Stake
Due to the delays and unpredictability of visa processing by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there is a continuing risk that foreign guest artists will be unable to enter the country in time for their performance engagements. Once an artist does receive a visa, the issue of tax withholdings for foreign guest artists must be addressed. Both the visa process and tax withholding requirements are complicated and require a tremendous amount of due diligence on the sponsoring organization. Dance/USA and its partner national service organizations in the Performing Arts Alliance (PAA) are paying close attention to these issues, in an effort to best serve our members. Dance/USA lobbies Congress each year to improve the visa process for foreign guest artists and is working to clarify and assist members with the tax withholding requirements.
Tools and Resources
Artists From Abroad
Artists From Abroad is the most complete guide on visa and tax requirements for engaging foreign guest artists. Created by the League of American Orchestras and the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Artists From Abroad is an online resource for foreign guest artists, their managers and performing arts organizations. Please check the News Flash section for the updates on filing procedures, fee increases and other information to avoid delays.
Dance/USA provides guidance and technical assistance to dance companies, artists, and managers on the visa process. For assistance or questions concerning the visa process, please contact our Government Affairs Director at email@example.com.
Visa Tracking Form
Dance/USA and other national performing arts service organizations are working with Congress to improve USCIS procedures regarding regular processing of O and P visas. To be successful in our efforts to reduce processing times, we need your assistance. Please tell Dance/USA about any filing problems you have by completing the visa tracking form for each petition you submit.