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I'm an F-1 visa holder. I've been living in the US 3 years.

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Hi. I'm an F-1 visa...
Hi. I'm an F-1 visa holder. I've been living in the US for about 3 years. I've been attending college for a year. But I want to be a musician. is there anyway to change my status to a visa for performers or musicians in order to practice here? Can an agency sponsor me? 'Cause I dont really want to go back to my home country. Is there any way to engage in music full time without worrying about my student visa status? Thanks
JA: What is your official status? Do you have any pending applications or petitions with USCIS? It's hard to know for sure. The Immigration Lawyer will figure it out. Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No I havent really talked to any lawyer. I actually have an appointment with an immigration lawyer on Thursday. No, I dont have any pending applications. And like I said, I'm on a student visa.
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: Um, a lot. But this information is fine for now
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Yes, you could change F-1 to a P status without having to leave the U.S., but it's not going to be easy. Each P category has specific restrictions and if you don't meet the requirements, you would be denied the P status. The U.S. doesn't want just any musician to be able to stay in the U.S. and perform and work because that person would compete against other U.S. musicians that are trying to earn a living and get that lucky break. So again, you can do it, but it will not be easy.

Here are the links:

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/p-1b-member-internationally-recognized-entertainment-group/p-1b-member-internationally-recognized-entertainment-group

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/p-2-performer-or-group-performing-under-reciprocal-exchange-program/p-2-individual-performer-or-part-group-entering-perform-under-reciprocal-exchange-program

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/p-3-artist-or-entertainer-part-culturally-unique-program/p-3-artist-or-entertainer-coming-be-part-culturally-unique-program

You could also try for an O status, but for that you have to be nationally or internationally recognized in your field. Here is the link:

https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/o-1-visa-individuals-extraordinary-ability-or-achievement

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok. Can you tell me about the P visa?
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer replied 1 year ago

Your quick response tells me that you didn't look through them. Please read through each one and then you tell me which you think you could fit into and why.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I'm not sure yet. But either a P 2 or a P 3. I'll have to study them later. Can the visa be renewed or do you have to return to your home country after it has expired?
Immigration Lawyer: Guillermo J. Senmartin, Esq., Immigration Lawyer replied 1 year ago

You would not get a visa. You would get the status if you do not leave the U.S. And yes, you can renew the status without leaving the U.S.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Ok. Another question is, can a booking agency sponsor an artist or a musician with a work visa?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Also, about the P visa, you said the US doesnt want any musician to perform and work in the US, so how are u allowed to renew the status? Is there a limit you can work here on the status?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
No, lets just chat here
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