Visa Processing Update

[Message from AFM - Canada] - 14/9/2010

Further to our communication of July 25th, and after monitoring the new USCIS processing time for P2 petitions over the last month, we are very pleased to announce that the vast majority of P2 applications are being processed within 35 days after receipt by AFM - no premium processing fee required.

However, if you are a Landed Immigrant to Canada, or have a Canadian Landed Immigrant in your band, then you will need to allow up to 55 days for processing to accommodate the extra time necessary to have your permit validated by a US Consulate [within Canada] before entry to the US.

Despite this improvement, AFM always recommends that musicians apply providing as much time as possible. Don't leave it to the last minute whenever possible.

Alternatively, if you find yourself in a position where you are unable to allow a minimum of 35 days prior to your first date, you should consider filing with the premium fee. The premium processing unit is still operational, and we may still recommend processing through this unit when necessary and/or preferred by the applicant.

If you have any additional questions please contact either Liana White, or Susan Whitfield,