Visa Peer Consultation Letters are a benefit of organizational membership. Any professional company, associate, educational or business member may request a letter of support at no charge. All non-member requests are subject to a $250 processing fee.
OPERA America bases its advisory opinions on actual evidence, not on conclusory statements in cover letters. For petitioners acting as agents, please provide a complete itinerary of all events, including the dates of each service or engagement, the names and addresses of the establishments, venues or locations where services will be performed, and deal memos or contracts with each employer described in the itinerary.
Typically, requests are fulfilled within one week. Once a letter is completed, the original will be sent by mail and a PDF copy will be sent by e-mail to the requesting company.
To request a Peer Consultation Letter from OPERA America, please submit the following:
A cover letter stating:
A bio or resume outlining:
- Name, e-mail and mailing address of the contact person at your company
- Artist's name (and, if different, the name stated on the USCIS petition)
- Title of the production
- Artist's function or role in the opera
- Name and/or address of the USCIS service center to which the letter should be addressed
- Note clearly if the request is for a rush visa petition requiring immediate attention. The normal lead time is one week.
Published materials written in professional publications about the artists’ work including:
- Any awards or honors won by the artist
- A list of companies or cities in which the artist has performed
- Operatic roles the artist has performed
- Any recordings, television appearances or other areas in which the artist is in demand (e.g., if the artist is also in demand as a recitalist)
- Information regarding training may be helpful, particularly for young artists.
- In some cases, it may be necessary to state why this particular artist is crucial to your company's production (e.g., a lighting designer who works exclusively with your stage director).
- Website links to online digital content located in companies’ or artists’ websites
- Critical reviews documenting recent public performances by the artist and dates of publication
- If reviews are unavailable, include evidence of how the artist is regarded in the press or by colleagues or employers.
- If the reviews are foreign, include notarized English translations, with a sworn oath of accuracy by the translator. (Send the original notarized documents to USCIS and copies to OPERA America.)
Please e-mail or fax scanned copies of materials — not your originals — to the attention of:
Artistic Services Manager – PEER CONSULATATION REQUEST
330 Seventh Avenue, 8th floor
New York, NY 10001
PLEASE EMAIL TO FOLLOW-UP ON YOUR REQUEST AND CONFIRM RECEIPT OF YOUR MATERIALS.
Questions? Contact Jeffrey Larson, artistic services manager, at JLarson@operaamerica.org
Itinerary-Based or Multiple Venue Visa Petitions
Opera companies often use itinerary-based or multiple venue visa petitions to engage foreign guest artists. For this purpose, please use the following itinerary-based standard cover letter
and itinerary-based standard authorization and intent to engage letter
For more information on itinerary-based petitions, please visit the itinerary-based petition online at Artists from Abroad