O-1 Season 2014Published: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Each June we see quite a number of musicians who are coming to the end of their periods of Optional Practical Training (OPT), and want to change to a status that will allow them to work for multiple employers. This is usually O-1, but these visas are becoming more and more difficult to secure. The required paperwork has greatly increased, and the leeway the Immigration Service is supposed to allow artists has greatly decreased. And the artists who come to us are often right up against their deadlines, because in the past, these cases were much easier to prepare. This year so far we have we gained approvals for a trombonist, an oboist, a violinist and a pianist.