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  • 16 May 2012 - 09:14

    Issuance Based on 2009 Petition by Los Angeles-based Skirball Cultural Center

    Released May 15, 2012


    WASHINGTON—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) today issued a binding precedent decision addressing the term “culturally unique” and its significance in the adjudication of petitions for performing artists and entertainers.

    In the case at issue, the Skirball Cultural Center filed a P-3 nonimmigrant petition on behalf of a musical group from Argentina that was denied a performing artists’ visa for failing to establish that the group’s performance was “culturally unique” as required for this visa classification. Due to the unusually complex and novel issue and the likelihood that the same issue could arise in future decisions, the decision was recommended for review.

    USCIS’s AAO app...

  • 30 May 2011 - 00:13

    On April 12, 2010, Director Mayorkas introduced the Request for Evidence (RFE) Project, an initiative that engages stakeholders in the review and revision of RFE templates used at the Service Centers to ensure they are:

    • consistent across each of the Service Centers 
    • relevant to the classification being adjudicated 
    • tailored to the individual case 
    • concise and clear

    The RFE Project is being carried out in phases. The first phase, which involved the review of RFEs for the O, P and Q nonimmigrant classifications and the E11 immigrant classification, began with a national stakeholder engagement hosted b...

  • 18 Oct 2010 - 09:04

    Please check the link< to know more about the O and P visa Reissuance in London embassy.

  • 30 Nov 2009 - 03:23

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued guidance on October 7, 2009  to clarify for performing arts associations and their members the regulatory requirements for agents who file as petitioners for the O and P visa classification.

    O and P visas apply to non-immigrants with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics, or in the motion picture and television field.  O and P petitions may only be filed by a U.S. employer, a U.S. agent, or a foreign employer through a U.S. agent. 


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