A delegation headed by UK Music, which included representatives from the MU and UK music industry, together with the MP Kerry McCarthy, met recently at the U.S. Embassy to discuss opportunities to improve visa services for musicians, managers and their support staff who wish to travel to the United States. The meeting was extremely useful and resulted in several recommendations that have been implemented, or will be considered for implementation in the near future.
In particular, the United States Department of Homeland Security has set up a Traveller Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP), a single point of contact for individuals who have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they experience during their travel: http://www.dhs.gov/dhs-trip. By registering with DHS TRIP, individuals will be given a unique identification number that can be presented to boarder control officers on entry to the US to facilitate clearances.
Posted: November 19, 2012