On June 11, improvements to the U.S. visa process for international guest artists—called the Arts Require Timely Service (ARTS) provision—were introduced in the Senate by Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The provision was a part of an amendment to the comprehensive immigration reform bill that was under consideration in the U.S. Senate. As the Senate began debate of comprehensive immigration reform, the PAA joined a coordinated effort by a broad array of national arts organizations supporting improvements to the visa process.On June 20, the ARTS provision was wrapped into a broader package of amendments to the comprehensive immigration reform bill. On June 27, the Senate passed the bill with the ARTS provision included. The immigration bill will next be sent to the House of Representatives.
International Artist Visa Processing
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Artist Visa Improvements Advance in Senate
Proof of Visa Goes Paperless
The paper card issued to foreign working artists upon arrival to the U.S. is going electronic. U.S. Customs and Border protection has announced that beginning April 30 and throughout mid-May, issuance of paper I-94 cards will be phased out at U.S. airports. Verification of an individual’s visa status and the length of the approved stay will be accessible online. The new site will be up and running as of April 30. While information about a visitor’s visa classification will be stamped into his/her passport and be accessible electronically, the I-94 remains the most important form of legal documentation for visa holders upon arrival in the U.S. It is advised to print a hard copy. Learn more about this new development on ArtistsfromAbroad.org.