Show Cancelled! A Performing Artist's Immigration Nightmare

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Your four-piece rock band has been performing at local venues and touring regionally for the last two years. Invitations to play in the US start coming inafter your debut CD receives much acclaim. Elated by how charmed your local success has been, you

decide it is time to start planning your fi rst international tour.

A series of US concerts is booked and local media is contacted

for promotion and potential interviews. You now turn your thoughts to the band’s US visa applications. Based on your research, you understand that regardless of your length of stay in the US, a visa is required and applications could take a few weeks to several months to process. Twelve weeks later, you receive only three out of the four visas applied for. You discover your vocalist has a conviction for possession of marijuana and, consequently, her visa application has been refused. The tour can not go forward without her, so you begin to research the options to overcome this unforeseen obstacle.

You learn a US waiver is required and that these applications

require an extensive amount of supporting documentation, taking four to nine months to process. You conclude it is unrealistic for your vocalist to obtain a waiver in time for the tour and you have no choice but to cancel the scheduled shows. You are devastated by the fact that you have burned bridges with the venues that took a chance on you and wished you had had more information and expert guidance on the immigration implications of planning a US tour.

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