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Performing in the U.S.

Below you can find answers on the following topics

Disclaimer: This Q and A should not be relied upon as legal advice. Legal advice can be provided only in the course of an attorney-client relationship with reference to all the facts of a specific situation. Any information contained here is not a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.

Members having difficulty with their visa application process can always contact their regional office for further advice.

Resources for visa advice

Visa issues can be complex and terms can be subject to change at short notice. Although the following FAQs may provide some general guidance, members are encouraged to seek professional advice on specific issues.

The following organisations offer free guidance for MU members:

  • Tamizdat – a Brooklyn-based non-profit that offers pro bono legal advice about artists visa issues
  • Artists From Abroad – an online resource for information about the US artist visa process
  • Viva La Visa – a Suffolk-based visa expediting company that also offer free consultations. Contact Viva La Visa on 01473 892660 at hello@vivalavisa.co.uk

The following organisations also offer paid Guidance, prices vary widely:

  • Benmar – a London-based visa expediting service
  • CoveyLaw – a Brooklyn-based law firm which has a grant program for independent artists that can substantially reduce their fees
  • Viva La Visa – a Suffolk-based visa expediting service that offers a 20% discount to MU members

Work Visas


ESTAs, B Visas and Showcasing


The application process


Funding your visa application


Travelling for recording