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