Labor unions in the sports, arts, and entertainment industries now can tell the immigration agency directly if they don’t recommend that someone get a temporary visa.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Feb. 8 that it will accept negative consultation letters directly from unions weighing in on P visas, which cover athletes, artists, entertainers, and their essential support personnel. The agency made a similar announcement in September, saying it would accept letters from unions about candidates for O “extraordinary ability” visas.
Both O and P visa applicants generally must obtain an advisory opinion from a labor union as part of their visa petition package.
Some labor unions have expressed concern that petitioners are sending false opinion letters indicating that the union either has a favorable view of the visa candidate or doesn’t object to the visa being issued, the agency said. Petitioners still must include a letter, but the agency will compare it with the one submitted directly by the union.
As with O visa petitions, unions can send negative consultation letters directly to the USCIS at UnionConsultationMailbox@uscis.dhs.gov.