"A fee surge of this kind adds an additional and unacceptable financial burden on our members."
Professional Canadian musicians will soon be hit with a 42 percent increase in performance permit fees, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced. Despite opposition to the increase, the fee will rise from $325 USD to $460 USD ($435 CAD to $615 CAD), effective Dec. 20, 2016.
The increase is to all classifications of U.S. temporary work permits for “artists, entertainers and athletes” from all over the world. However, Canadians, after approved for the permit, do not have to be pre-cleared through a consulate and pay additional fees like they do from other countries, Liana White, executive director at Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM), clarified to Billboard.
Canadians filing for these authorizations typically take less time to process at the USCIS-adjudication end, she added.