CoveyLaw and our legacy non-profit Tamizdat are committed to providing unrivaled visa assistance to the international performing arts community at the lowest sustainable price. Unfortunately, the growing complexity of the U.S. visa process has required increased staff (including a new emergency case manager and a consular liaison), and a significant increase of resources devoted to each case. The costs of these changes have made our prior fees unsustainable. As such, effective September 1, 2019, CoveyLaw increased its fees for most performing artists cases. However, in the spirit of Tamizdat’s mission, CoveyLaw is committing more than $100,000 a year to the Tamizdat Access Grant program, designed to reduce visa costs for artists whose work best reflects our commitment to promoting new and independent artists, diversity in the performing arts, environmental sustainability, and community outreach, especially to underserved communities. The grant typically reduces CoveyLaw’s fees by almost 40 percent. This program replaces CoveyLaw’s non-profit discount.
CoveyLaw’s base fees to prepare and submit a work visa petition (Form I-129) for performing artists and their essential support personnel are as follows:
For solo artists, groups, or support personnel, our legal fee is usually 1950USD, which does not include the Government Filing Fee of approximately 700USD or the Union Consultation Fee of approximately 250USD. This applies to renowned solo artists (O-1B cases), ensembles (P-1 cases), traditional or “folk” performers (P-3 cases), and backing artists or crew members (O-2, P-1S, or P-3S cases).
For cases where a principal petition is filed simultaneously with a support petition (an O-1B with an O-2, a P-1 with a P-1S, or a P-3 with a P-3S) our legal fee is usually 3500USD, which does not include two Government Filing Fees of approximately 700USD each, and two Union Consultation Fees of approximately 250USD each, depending on the union.
Urgent Cases: If you need a visa in less than four months, chances are you will have to pay the Government’s 1440USD Premium Processing Fee and a Union Consultation Expediting Fee, which usually ranges from 100USD to 500USD. These fees apply per petition, so costs will be doubled for cases where principal petitions are filed with support petitions. CoveyLaw also charges a 1000USD Emergency Processing Fee for cases where a client needs the visa in hand in less than eight weeks (or six weeks for Canadians), but this fee is only charged per case, so principal and support petitions filed simultaneously only pay one CoveyLaw Emergency Processing Fee.
Large Groups: There will be a fee of 50USD per person applied to your invoice for each individual more than ten on a petition. The government also charges additional fees for groups larger than 25 individuals.
Student and Teacher Performers: In cases where a performing artist is in student visa status (or recently was) and is seeking O-1B status, CoveyLaw’s fee will be significantly higher. Similarly, if a performing artist is principally seeking an O-1B to allow them to teach, the fee will be significantly higher.
Tamizdat Access Grant: CoveyLaw, in the spirit of Tamizdat’s mission, commits more than $100,000 a year to the Tamizdat Access fund, designed to reduce visa costs for eligible artists whose work best reflects our commitment to promoting new and independent artists, diversity in the performing arts, environmental sustainability, and community outreach, especially to underserved communities. The Tamizdat Access Grant replaces CoveyLaw’s previous non-profit fee scale. For more information about the fund, see here.
The Fine Print: CoveyLaw’s services include processing information provided by clients, preparing the necessary forms and supporting documentation, obtaining the necessary union consultations, submitting this material to the government, and ensuring that the petition is received and processed. CoveyLaw requires full payment in advance before submitting petitions. CoveyLaw may assist the client 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. Clients should be aware that their local U.S. consulate or embassy will charge an additional application fee, which is usually 190USD per applicant.