CoveyLaw’s base fees to prepare and submit a work visa petition (i-129) for performing artists and their essential support crew are as follows:
For renowned solo artists and ensembles (O-1 and P-1 cases), the total fee is usually 2360USD, which includes the recently increased Government Filing Fee of 460USD, and the 250USD Union Consultation Fee.
For traditional or “folk” performers, backing artists, or crew members (P-3, P-1S, P-3S, or O-2 cases), the total fee is usually 1960USD, which includes the recently increased Government Filing Fee of 460USD, and the 250USD Union Consultation Fee.
Rush Cases: If you need a visa in less than four months, chances are you will have to pay USCIS’s 1225USD Premium Processing Fee and a Union Consultation Expediting Fee, which usually ranges from 100USD to 500USD. We also charge a 300USD Emergency Processing Fee for cases where a client needs the visa in hand in less than eight weeks (or six weeks for Canadians).
Large Groups: There will be a fee of 50USD per beneficiary applied to your invoice for each individual more than 10 on a petition.
Non-Profit Cases: Artists engaged by a U.S. non-profit organization may be eligible for reduced fees. Each client is evaluated for eligibility, and we will let you know if you qualify.
Student Performers: In cases where a performing artist is changing from a Student Visa status to O-1 status, the fee will also be significantly higher.
Important: CoveyLaw requires full payment in advance before submitting petitions on your behalf. Clients should also be aware that their local U.S. consulate or embassy will also charge an additional issuing fee, which is usually about 190USD per applicant. CoveyLaw processes information provided by artists and their management, prepares the necessary forms and supporting documentation, obtains the necessary union consultations, submits this material to USCIS, and ensures that the petition is received and processed. CoveyLaw may assist the artist in obtaining visas from their local U.S. consulate or embassy, but it is the client’s responsibility to research and complete local procedures for obtaining physical visas from their local U.S. consulate or embassy.