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O-1 and P Visa Forms and Letters


Immigration Visa Advisory Opinion Letters

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.

As per the USCIS requirements, to qualify for an O-1 visa in the motion picture or television industry, the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary achievement evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above that ordinarily encountered to the extent the person is recognized as outstanding, notable or leading in the motion picture and/or television field.

Likewise, the consultation must come from an appropriate labor union with expertise in the beneficiary’s area of ability. Click here for more information about AFTRA's jurisdiction.

Steven M. Zimmerman, Staff 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

Steven Zimmerman

For Spanish language applications ONLY, Contact:
Herta Suarez

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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