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.
USCIS has received numerous inquiries involving petitions that name multiple
employers, and are filed by one of those employers on behalf the other employers.
USCIS does not consider such filings to be permissible under the regulations
where the petitioner does not establish that it is “in business”
as an agent.