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Immigration Visa Advisory Opinion Letters

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AFTRA receives requests for opinion letters on foreign performers’ applications for visas. Many years ago, the AFL-CIO secured the right of labor unions to opine on such visa applications. The visa application specifically requires the qualified petitioner (the performer's representative) to contact the labor union with jurisdiction over the work at issue (in this instance television and radio broadcasting, sound recordings, and other recorded material), and seek an advisory opinion from the union on whether the visa should be granted.

Sarah Tarlow, Assistant General Counsel based in Los Angeles, oversees the issuance of advisory opinion letters. Those seeking opinion letters should direct completed applications to Sasha Aronson in Los Angeles.

Sasha Aronson
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.634.8158
saronson@aftra.com

Sarah Tarlow
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 9th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
323.634.8125
starlow@aftra.com

Herta Suarez Executive Director of the Miami Local will assist with applications that involve Spanish-speaking performers/productions, as well as other productions in Florida.

Herta Suarez
3050 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 501
Miami FL 33137
305.571.9891
hsuarez@aftra.com

We require petitioners to submit all supporting documentation (e.g., proof of awards, reviews, articles, and testimonials), a valid copy of their passport, a copy of the I-129 petition form, and a copy of the employment contract. We also require qualified petitioners to submit a questionnaire which tracks the eligibility criteria.

Please click here to review the qualifications>> 

Please click here for the questionnaire>>

Petitions will not be reviewed unless they are complete. We aim to process requests within five (5) business days.

AFTRA does not charge a fee for this service.



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