NEWSFLASH: O-1/O-2 VISA REQUIREMENTS

From today, the requirements are that every O-2 that applies for a visa, provide a copy of the O-1's visa or inform the Consular Officer when the O-1 will be issued. The O-2 is based on the O-1's visa. At Viva La Visa, we deal with O visas on a daily basis. If you have... Continue Reading →

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NEWSFLASH: US to Carry Out ‘EXTREME VETTING’ of Visa Applications

The State Department wants to make it mandatory for all U.S. visa applicants to submit social media information, previous email addresses and phone numbers. In documents due to be filed to the Federal Register today, it asserts a change that will require nearly every individual applying for a US visa to disclose any social media... Continue Reading →

Passport Prices Go UP!

Amongst the news on what colour passports are going to be post-Brexit, or even where they passports are going to be manufactured, you may have missed the memo that passport application prices are in fact going up. The Home Office is increasing the cost of applying by post rather than online, as postal applications cost more... Continue Reading →

O-1 and P-1 Visas

Thinking about heading to the US to play a show? Doing some promo in the states? Anyone wanting to work in the US would need to apply for the appropriate visa category. There are 2 main categories for applicants in the Entertainment Industry, these are:   O-1 O1 visas are for individuals with ‘Extraordinary Ability’... Continue Reading →

Update: Trump’s Travel Ban

The US Supreme Court today approved a request from Donald Trump's legal people to allow his on- off travel ban to take effect. This bans national of Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from coming to the US. These are added to the citizens of North Korea and Venezuelan government people who are already... Continue Reading →

It’s Nearly Christmas!

"It's the most wonderful time of the year!"...but also of course a very busy time! Just because it's Christmas time, we appreciate that the world does not simply pause. We can't all have unrestricted global travel like Santa Claus. That's why we will be on the end of the phone throughout the Christmas period, even... Continue Reading →

SXSW 2018

Can you believe it’s that time again? The first batch of acts for SXSW festival have been announced and there is much excitement in the air for the emerging artists who have made the cut. For the cynical among you, every silver lining has a cloud, and for some hopeful SXSW goers in 2017 this... Continue Reading →

HOW TO AVOID A VISA NIGHTMARE!

Of all the many tasks involved in touring, organising visas and work permits is probably the most scary of the lot, and a job that often gets pushed to the very bottom of the to do list. More often than not, visas are required for touring artistes and crew. The consequences of not getting it... Continue Reading →

PLAYING IN THE USA

Performing in the US has always been regarded as an important step in any artist’s career and the opportunity to play there should be grasped with both hands. However, with very few exceptions work visas have always been required and these are both complicated and expensive to obtain.

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