Not that anyone wants to tour the US right now–we’ve closed the border indefinitely because of their disastrous handling of COVID-19–but one day, all this will be behind us and everyone will want to get back to the business of touring America. And the US is preparing for that time by increasing visa fees for foreign musicians.
Starting October 2, the fee for an O visa–the kind that touring artists need–will increase by 53% from $460 to $705. And from what I understand (and please correct me if I’m wrong), that’s per person. If you’re in a four-piece band, that means the cost of a visa will go from $1,840 to $2,820. And that’s American dollars, of course. A visa will be good for one year.
There’s another category–a P visa–that can be used by family members of holders of O visas. It’ll cost US$695.
Waiting time for a visa will be 15 days. However, you can pay to fast-track things for an addition $1,000. US dollars, of course.
Why would the US do this? No clue. It’s a Department of Homeland Security thing. Read more here.