When we woke up Christmas morning, we discovered that the Grinch at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) had left two surprises in our stockings:


Effective as of December 24, 2016, the filing fee for all O and P petitions is now $460.
All petitions postmarked or received by USCIS on December 23, 2016 or later must include the new fee or the petitions will be rejected.


Effective as of December 24, 2016, USCIS updated many forms, including Form I-129—the form used for O and P petitions. The new edition of Form I-129 is marked “12/31/16”. USCIS will continue to accept old forms until February 21, 2017, but all petitions postmarked or received by USCIS on February 21, 2017 or later must have the 12/23/16 edition of Form I-129 the petitions will be rejected.

• Read the new Form I-129 carefully. When USCIS updates forms, it rarely asks for new information, but often re-numbers and moves around the old blanks and questions for no apparent reason.

• Because USCIS can amend forms without notice, ALWAYS download a fresh form directly from the USCIS website - www.uscis.gov/forms. NEVER use an old form, a form you used the “last time”, or a form you obtain from any other source.

The first one we knew was coming, but the second was a complete surprise to everyone!

Remeber, you can always find more information on our website: www.ggartslaw.com. And if there’s something in particular you want to know about, be sure to let us know!

Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams are the founding partners of GG Arts Law, a New York-based entertainment law firm, as well as Managing Directors of Goldstein Guilliams International, through which they provide comprehensive business, project and tour management, and legal services exclusively to the international performing arts and entertainment community. Brian has twice been recognized as one of New York's "Super Lawyers" in the fields of Entertainment, Intellectual Property and Immigration in The New York Times and is a well-known speaker and author on arts and artist management. Robyn is an internationally recognized specialist in foreign artist taxation and artist business matters, as well as a Co-Author of Artistsfromabroad.org, with an impressive past career in arts administration and management at major venues and arts organizations.

THE OFFICIAL DISCLAIMER: THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE! The purpose of this blog is to provide general advice and guidance, not legal advice. One size never fits all. Circumstances and solutions can, and do, vary. Please consult with a professional—legal, medical, or otherwise—familiar with your specific facts, challenges, medications, psychiatric disorders, past-lives, karmic debt, and anything else that may impact your situation before drawing any conclusions, deciding upon a course of action, sending a nasty email, quoting us out of context, or doing anything rash!
Author: Brian Taylor Goldstein and Robyn Guilliams
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