House Votes to Ease US Entry for Artists
Washington Post – AP, 04/01/2008

"The House voted Tuesday to improve the visa approval process for foreign artists, addressing a problem that has resulted in some orchestras and groups not engaging those from abroad. . . . The House bill, approved by voice vote, extends the time period given the Homeland Security Department to process nonimmigrant visas for certain types of artists and entertainers from two weeks to 30 days. If the department fails to meet that 30-day deadline, it must provide premium processing services free of charge. . . . The bill, which now goes to the Senate for consideration, affects only visa applications made by nonprofit arts organizations."