Guilde des musiciens et des musiciennes du Québec
Montréal / 514.842.2866

Visa P2 & Work permit

Note on the pandemic situation of COVID-19:

At least five (5) days prior to your entry to the United States, or, re-entry to Canada, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Ports of Entry, or, Customs/Pre Flight Inspection Units of your destinations, to determine the specific quarantine requirements of that given state or province.  In general, please be advised as follows:

Entry to the United States:   Anyone traveling into the U.S. will require a COVID-19 test no more than 3 days before entry, and must provide proof of a negative result, or may provide documentation of recovery. This is an Order by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has posted a list, which includes guidance for passengers who have had a COVID-19 vaccine, details on required documentation, self-quarantining after arrival, and more . 

Re-entry to Canada: Upon returning to Canada, a negative COVID-19 test result of no more than 3 days prior to entry must be provided, otherwise you will be subjected to a test on-site and prior to being granted full re-entry to Canada.

There is no process by which you are able to request/obtain an exemption from quarantine requirements, but you may send an email outlining your situation to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PACH), if there is an emergent reason why you are unable to meet quarantine requirements. Otherwise, it is our information that all travellers are required to adhere to the quarantine measures in place by the government(s) of their destination(s).

Getting a Visa P2 | Musical performance in the USA

The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is recognized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as an authorized petitioner for temporary work permits on behalf of AFM member musicians.  Therefore, Canadian members who wish to perform (work) in the United States may apply for non-immigrant work permits through AFM. The AFM provides the exact same level of service as immigration lawyers or visa service agents.

The AFM provides immigration consulting services to members and non-members alike. However, petitioning for P2 Work Permits is a member-specific service, processed by AFM’s Canadian Office on behalf of Canadian AFM members exclusively.

As a member of the GMMQ, local 406, you are a member of the AFM.

To obtain a Visa P2, you must:

  1. Download the instructions, the checklist, AND

  2. Fill in the following forms :

    1. Visa P2 : part 1 to 4

    2. Visa P2 : part 5

    3. Visa P2 : part 6 (one musicien)

    4. Visa P2 : part 6 (2 musicians and more)

    5. Tour Itinenary

Other reference documents

  1. Travelling Contract | T2C-1

  2. Border Info Document

  3. CATSA | Tips for traveling safely with an instrument

Please note that there are deadlines to get your visa in time.

For help or more information about visas :

Member Services
Tel.: 514 842-2866, ext. 245
1 800 363-6688

Send Completed P2 Application packages to:
Attn: Artist Immigration Department American Federation of Musicians
#202 - 150 Ferrand Drive Toronto, ON M3C 3E5 Canada


Work Permit Policy | For the Quebec province

1.    Application of the work permit policy

  • 1.1. This policy is effective as of September 1, 2010.
  • 1.2. This policy applies to performances governed by the Minimum working conditions for stage and background music, excluding rehearsals.
  • 1.3. If there are no provisions governing work permits in a collective agreement, this policy shall be applied to performances rendered under said agreement, excluding rehearsals.

2.     Obtaining a work permit

  • 2.1. Eligibility criteria for obtaining a concurrent work permit :
    • 2.1.1. A musician who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, residing in Québec AND ;
    • 2.1.2. A musician who has never been a member of the GMMQ OR ;
    • 2.1.3. A musician who resigned while in good standing for more than 4 years OR ;
    • 2.1.4. A musician who has been expelled for more than 4 years.
  • 2.2. Eligibility criteria for obtaining a non-concurrent permit:
    • 2.2.1. A musician under suspension OR ;
    • 2.2.2. A musician who resigned while in good standing for less than 4 years OR ;
    • 2.2.3. A musician who has been expelled for less than 4 years OR ;
    • 2.2.4. A foreign musician who is not a member of another local chapter of the AFM OR ;
    • 2.2.5. A musician who is eligible for a concurrent permit but who, by choice, prefers a non-concurrent permit.
  • 2.3. The musician or the producer must submit a permit application, with all the necessary information included, to the Member Services department at least five days before the performance.

3.    Use of concurrent work permits to become a regular member

  • 3.1 At any time, the musician may apply the amounts paid for concurrent work permits obtained during the preceding 24 months toward payment of registration or readmission fees, the administrative costs for the permits, and the annual dues for the current year.
  • 3.2 The maximum amount that can be credited corresponds to the sum of the annual dues and administrative costs for the permit in force. Any accumulated amount that exceeds this sum shall not be applicable.
  • 3.3 If the maximum amount that can be credited is not fully used for the current year, the balance may be applied to the following year, provided that the musician immediately pays the difference for the applicable annual dues for the whole calendar year. If the aforementioned difference is not paid, the balance will revert to zero.
  • 3.4 Once the musician has used the maximum amount that can be credited towards payment of his or her dues, the balance for his or her concurrent work permit will revert to zero.

4.    Cost of work permits

  • 4.1 The rate for a concurrent work permit is $30.00 per performance.
  • 4.2 The rate for a non-concurrent work permit is $50.00 per performance.
  • 4.3 For each calendar year (January 1 to December 31), a musician who needs a permit shall pay the amount applicable to it until it reaches a cumulative amount of $410. Once this amount is reached, he will be able to work until the end of the year as a "permit holding" musician without paying additional permits.

Work permit policy (revised July 15, 2014)

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