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Visa Consultation

Per AGMA's current policy, we no longer accept hard copy petitions or checks by mail.

All preparers should submit their full petitions to visas@musicalartists.org and issue payment via Wire/ACH transfer. Instructions are listed below. 

Processing will only begin once both payment and related paperwork are received. Incomplete Wire/ACH payments and bank information or incomplete petitions requiring revision or amendments may be subject to delays. 
 
AGMA’s Visa Department hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. ET - 5:00 p.m. ET. Any materials submitted on weekends, holidays, or after 5:00 p.m. ET on weekdays will be considered received the following business day
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Please direct any visa consultation submission questions to visas@musicalartists.org. (No phone inquiries, please.)

Table of Contents

WHAT IS AN ADVISORY OPINION LETTER?
CATEGORIES OF ARTISTS COVERED BY AGMA
VISA CLASSIFICATIONS COVERED BY AGMA
PRICING, PROCESSING TIMELINE, & PAYMENT
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

WHAT IS AN ADVISORY OPINION LETTER?

According to the USCIS, a consultation letter (also known as an Advisory Opinion Letter or a No Objection Letter) from a U.S. peer group, labor organization, and/or management organization is generally required for petitions in the O and P visa classifications. 

The purpose of a labor consultation letter is to determine whether artists from other countries, who are applying for a work visa in the United States, have the artistic ability and expertise to qualify for O or P visa eligibility. 


CATEGORIES OF ARTISTS COVERED BY AGMA

Per the USCIS Address Index for I-129 O and P Consultation Letters, AGMA covers, but is not limited to, the following categories of performers: 

  • Opera Singers 
  • Concert and solo singers 
  • Solo and group instrumentalists (may include singers) 
  • Dancers 
  • Choreographers 
  • Stage Directors and Assistant Stage Directors 
  • Stage Managers and Assistant Stage Managers  
  • Music Producers 
  • Stage Production Personnel (employed by dance and opera companies and employers other than Broadway, Off-Broadway, EMC productions and any technical personnel under IATSE’s jurisdiction) 
  • Narrators in concert, recital, oratorio, opera and dance 
  • Other live performers (including songwriters, Disc Jockeys, figure skaters, circus performers, mimes and puppeteers) not covered by other unions such as Actors’ Equity or AGVA 
  • Live performers in new media formats and actors in non-Equity productions

VISA CLASSIFICATIONS COVERED BY AGMA

AGMA offers consultation letters (also known as Advisory Opinion Letters or No Objection Letters) for the following visa classifications:   

  • O-1B: Individual artist with extraordinary ability in the arts  
  • O-1A: Individual, competitive (DanceSport) dancer who can be considered an athlete of extraordinary ability 
  • O-2: Support personnel (that do not fall under any other Union’s jurisdiction) for O-1B or O-1A candidates 
  • P-1B: Internationally recognized entertainment group of artists, or member of an internationally recognized entertainment group of artists 
  • P-1S: Support personnel (that do not fall under any other Union’s jurisdiction) for P-1 candidates 
  • P-1A: Group of DanceSport dancers, or member of a group of DanceSport dancers, considered athletes 
  • P-3: Artist or entertainer coming to the US to be a part of a culturally unique program. Can be a solo artist or group 
  • P-3S: Support personnel (that do not fall under any other Union’s jurisdiction) for P-3 candidates 

PRICING, PROCESSING TIMELINE, & PAYMENT

Please note that processing begins once both payment and related paperwork are received. Payment is considered to have been received once it clears our bank. Incomplete Wire/ACH payments and bank information or incomplete petitions requiring revision or amendments may be subject to delays. 

AGMA Visa Consultation Fees: 

$550.00 for EXPEDITED PROCESSING - process time approximately 2-3 business days from receipt of payment and complete documentation via email.  We do not offer same-day service.

$350.00 for STANDARD PROCESSING - process time of approximately 5-7 business days from receipt of payment and completed documentation via email. 

Ensure AGMA gets the full amount - transfer charges/fees, if any, should be paid separately on your end.

Please note: if you are submitting a petition for both an artist and their support personnel, both petitions will be considered and reviewed separately and will require separate payment. For example, if you are submitting an O-1B visa petition with an accompanying O-2 petition, two fees must be paid to AGMA as two separate letters will be issued. 

AGMA accepts payments by Wire/ACH transfers only.  

Information for Wire/ACH transfer to AGMA from outside the USA

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas 
BIC : BKTRUS33XXX  
A/c# 35255767 
I/N/O: American Guild of Musical Artists, Inc. 
 

Information for Wire/ACH transfer to AGMA from within the USA:
 
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas 
ABA#021001033 
A/c#35255767 
I/N/O American Guild of Musical Artists, Inc. 
 

Deutsche Bank address: 
Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas
1 Columbus Circle 18th Floor,
New York, NY 10019


SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

After submitting your Wire/ACH transfer, please send the following documentation in PDF file format to visas@musicalartists.org

1. Completed COVER SHEET, which includes the following information: 
-- Name of Preparer 
-- Name of Petitioner 
-- Name of Beneficiary 
-- Name of Person / Entity / Account Making the Payment 
-- Name of Bank 
-- Date Wire / ACH Transfer Was Sent 
-- Expedited or Regular Processing 
 
2. Copy ofI-129 Application Formfrom USCIS, including Attachment 1.  

3. A list of the artist(s) and the function they perform in the group.  

If more than 10 beneficiaries are on your petition, please complete and submit the Excel sheet linked here – listing your beneficiaries exactly as their names should appear on the AGMA Advisory Opinion Letter.  
 
4. Copy of contract and itinerary of artist(s). 
 
5. Documentation to support the reputation and ability of the artist(s). Please limit this to 20-30 pages. 

If you are unable to send your PDF files as email attachments, we encourage you to share the petitioning materials via a cloud file storage link (such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, Dropbox, etc.) with VIEW-ONLY access.

We will not open any zip files or image files (including JPEG, PNG, TIFF, etc.).