The arts and entertainment world has gone global – bringing many opportunities abroad – as well as a need for internationally produced performances and productions. Whether working full-time, for a single performance, or just taking a working holiday – working as an entertainer, performer, or artist in the United States, you must have an appropriate arts and entertainment visa with the appropriate work permit.
At Kashyap and Kashyap, we work with clients to put together the best visa application possible and work with them to ensure the best results for the application.
Explore Your Options
While many are aware only of the basic H1B and visitor’s visa, there are many other options for an entertainment visa available. The options available to entertainment based applicants include, but aren’t limited to:
- O1 Extraordinary Ability Visas
- J Exchange Visas
- I International Media Visas
- P1 Athletics Visas
- P2 Artists and Entertainers Exchange Visas
- P3 Performance Visas
- H1B Visa
Different types of visa are provided for different purposes, and have different requirements and rights attached. Each applicant is suited best for one type of visa – and finding the appropriate visa is key to a successful application.
A Difficult Process
Counseling: While many unlicensed agents and amateur mediators attempt an ‘one size fits all’ method, this is a definite way to confuse clients and lead to foolhardy mistakes. It’s important to approach every case independently – and to understand the hazards and opportunities available to each client and match each prospective traveler to the right visa. A strong case for admission becomes immediately dismissed if under the incorrect visa program. Our immigration consultants will work with you to recognize the best option for your unique circumstances, and help you glide through the procedure for application.
Application: When the right visa has been identified for you and your situation, you can begin the application process. It is important to recognize that the application procedure is very intricate and detail-oriented. With thousands of visa applications flowing through the consulates, the smallest error or misstatement can be grounds for denial – and even bar future submissions. To go through the procedure alone, or with the only guidance of unlicensed agents and inexperienced individuals greatly increases the chances of such mistakes – and makes rejection much more likely.
The licensed and trained attorneys at Kashyap and Kashyap can help you – working with you to send the most complete, most correct application possible, and sending it in the manner the consulates can process properly. We can also work with you to obtain any waivers or affidavits needed to support your application.
Follow Up: Once your application is submitted to the embassy, the actual visa application process begins. The consular officer evaluates your application, checks with required departments and officials, and formulates a view of your case. Usually there is a mandatory interview for this process, regardless of visa type or application strength. Depending on the application, they may ask for further information or evidence in the form of a Request For Evidence (RFE) orders or hide additional scrutiny under the catchall ‘administrative processing’.
At Kashyap and Kashyap, our attorneys can help with this follow up process – explaining the obscure processes behind the scenes, glimpse behind departmental smokescreens and formulate responses, and work with you to ensure the application is processed as fast as possible.
We also help with Request For Evidence (RFE) orders, communicated with the concerned officers directly, and help you through the interview process through mock interviews or counseling.
Appeal: If your application has been disallowed, there are still many options to explore. There may be the option to appeal the rejection, or to obtain the rationale behind the rejection for future use. There are also various ways to reapply – both for a similar visa, or another which more likely to succeed. We can help walk through the post-rejection process, present your options, and follow through with the consulate.
We Can Help!
Going through the visa application process by yourself can be very difficult without experienced legal advice. But we, at Kashyap and Kashyap, are here to help.
We can help you with the process of applying for the correct entertainment visa for you – whether with immigration counseling, directing you through the application process, or assisting with further requests for information and evidence. We also provide complete review services for denied applications – helping with any appeal options or alternative application processes.
Our offices use only the most selected and qualified immigration lawyers available, trained and licensed in both the US and India. We provide these legal services through our New Delhi and Gurgaon offices, online, as well as in-person, onsite visits for larger international corporations.