Kenyan Artists, Athletes Set to Pay more for U.S. Visa

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: September 11, 2020

Kenyan artists, creatives and athletes will be required to pay a higher price for visa fees in order to tour the United States. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be increasing the filing fees of the “P” and “O” visas — the two types commonly used by non- American artists and athletes — by more than 50 percent beginning October 2020. 

Filing for the P visa, used by athletes, entertainers, artists and their family members, will cost $695 USD while filing for the O visa, used by an “individual who possesses extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics, or who has a demonstrated record of extraordinary achievement in the motion picture or television industry and has been recognized nationally or internationally,” will see a 53 percent increase from $460 USD to $705 USD. Whew!

Many independent Kenyan creatives and athletes touring  the U.S. already struggle with steep, non-refundable visa fees. This is going to be a major setback for them.  An independent musician’s income is greatly dependent on live performances, and with the COVID-19 pandemic postponing all concerts until further notice, the additional burden of the increased visa fees will make it more difficult to earn back the money they’ve lost.




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Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life


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