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Performing in the U.S.

What you need to know

On this page you will find information about:

  • Which visa you need
  • The visa application process
  • ESTA visa waiver
  • The US Travel Ban
  • Changes to London Embassy interview timeslots
  • Free advice from Viva La Visa

Which Visa Do I Need?

If you are considering applying for a visa to perform in the US you have three options to choose from. These are an O, P and B Visas.

Read our Q&A on the visa application process

The ESTA Visa Waiver and Showcasing

ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorisation) is a permit to travel, not a visa.

Musicians have experienced difficulties with ESTAs in the last year when showcasing so click here for an update:

Find out if ESTA is the right way to go for you.

US Travel Ban

If you fear you may be affected by the US Travel Ban (Executive Order 13780), please visit the US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website for the latest information.

There is also information on visas available from:

Changes to London Embassy Timeslots

The US Embassy in London has agreed to release timeslots for visa interviews up to 11.30am, to help avoid the need for overnight stays in London to attend the early 8.00am interviews.

This is a result of meetings between the Music Industry Visa Task Force, which includes the Musicians’ Union (MU) and British Underground (BU), and officials from the US Embassy.

Increase in premium processing fees for US Visas

The US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that the fee for 'fast-track' or premium processing for US visa applications will be increasing from $1225 to $1410. This will apply to all petitions received that are postmarked after 1st October 2018.

Viva La Visa

Are you planning on working abroad?

Viva La Visa is offering free advice to MU members who are looking to perform in foreign territories

Should members wish to engage the services of Viva La Visa to process their visa application, then they will receive a 20% discount on quoted fees.

Contact Viva La Visa on 01473 892660 at

Get in touch

Members are reminded that visa information is subject to change at short notice.

Please contact the MU’s Live Performance department for the most up to date information via or 0207 840 5512.

Related downloads

The US Visa Application Process - Q&A (PDF 115.79 bytes file opens in new window)