Applying for a Musician Visa

An O-1 visa is awarded to individuals who have recognized extraordinary abilities in the arts, which definitely includes music. For this reason, you will need to obtain this type of visa if you have a music job to complete in the United States. The record label, studio, or venue hiring you will have to petition the USCIS for this type of visa before you can lawfully work as a musician in the country.

The application process can be complicated for a musician visa, however. The petitioner cannot simply claim that you have extraordinary abilities in music and expect an immediate approval. Instead, certain evidence must be provided to prove your exceptional abilities and/or acclaim. For example, the following must be demonstrated:

  • You have won a Grammy Award or another significant award in music
  • You have performed under distinguished and respected circumstances
  • You have had commercial success with your albums or other forms of music
  • You have received critical acclaim
  • You command a high salary for your work as a musician

If you are world-famous, demonstrating your requisite abilities for a musician visa can be simple. However, if you are successful in foreign countries though lesser-known in the United States, this can be more difficult. You and your intended employer should always discuss the application requirements and procedures with an experienced immigration attorney in Los Angeles to ensure you successfully receive your necessary visa. An attorney can help make sure your projects are not delayed unnecessarily due to immigration issues.

Our team of immigration lawyers also helps producersmodelsathletes and actors obtain the necessary visas to work in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles and across the United States.

Discuss Immigrant Visas for Musicians in Los Angeles with a an Attorney

If you are a musician from a foreign country and you have the opportunity to create an album, plays shows, or work on other projects in Los Angeles, you should not delay in talking to a highly experienced immigration lawyer in Los Angeles who understands how to obtain O-1 visas for qualified musicians. At the Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, we will help you through every stage of the musician visa application process and will appeal a denial, if needed. Please call our office to learn more about our visa services today.