Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

Law360, New York (October 29, 2015, 11:08 AM EDT) -- As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it increasingly difficult to meet stringent U.S. immigration requirements for temporary work visas. This makes it more important than ever to review the varied U.S. work visas in place for foreign talent, including crew members, writers, producers, editors, directors, makeup artists and costumers. It is also critical to understand the visa-approval process of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, the government agency responsible for reviewing work visa petitions; and the visa-stamping procedures of the overseas U.S. consulates, which dictate when visas will be issued to foreign entertainers seeking to enter the United States to entertain....

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