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Artist Visa Improvements Advance in Senate

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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.