MICHAEL DE LEO
Consultant - Special Projects
DARLENE WENDY FRANK
Assistant Administrator - Immigration
(212) 675-1003 Ext. 102
1. REQUIREMENT FOR UNION VISA CONSULTATION:
According to current U.S. Federal Immigration law which took effect on April 1,1992, all performers and their support staff members coming to the United States to perform must have a union consultation letter in the appropriate category from the union with jurisdiction covering their area of performance or employment.
2. AGVA UNION JURISDICTION AND TYPE OF PERFORMERS COVERED:
AGVA’s jurisdiction covers musical and variety performers in live performances in non-book revues, comedians, skaters, circus acts, certain lecture and speaking artists, certain cabaret and night club performers, and sports-people appearing in non-competitive entertainment shows.
AGVA does not cover actors or performers in plays (contact Actors’ Equity), opera-ballet-modern dance or classical music performers (contact AGMA, American Guild of Musical Artists), musicians (contact American Federation of Musicians) unless they also sing or dance or otherwise perform in addition to playing an instrument, or performers appearing in non-live performances such as those employed for television, radio, film, or internet.
If the primary reason for the performance is a live one and in AGVA’s jurisdiction (but incidentally it is also taped during its primary live performance function), it may be also covered by an AGVA union consultation. If the primary reason for the performance is broadcast or internet rather than “live”, it would be covered by another union - SAG-AFTRA.
3. APPLYING FOR AGVA UNION VISA CONSULTATION - WHERE TO SUBMIT MATERIALS:
All applications for AGVA union consultations must be submitted by mail, direct delivery, or courier services (such as Fed Ex, UPS, etc.) to the AGVA New York office:
363 7th Avenue - 17th Floor
New York, NY 10001-3904
ATT: DARLENE FRANK