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P2 Visa

P2 Visa Information

What is a P2 Visa?

For Canadian musicians to work in the US, we need a temporary “Classification P2 Work Permit”, or other non-immigrant permit (see the CFM website for more information).

For unpaid work, musicians may be eligible to enter the U.S. under B1 status. 

US income tax for Canadian artists US Taxation Forms and Information for Canadian Artists Working in the US


P2 Work Visa processing times:

As of May 1, 2018, Regular processing takes 60 days or more. Premium processing takes 30 days.These estimates are subject to change without notice. The earlier you can get your application in, the better. P2 information, including fees and processing times are always subject to change without notice. 

The time calculation is from when it is received in Toronto. 

**NOTE: the time frames above are for Canadian Citizens only.There are extra steps, time and cost for Permanent Residents Permanent Residents_P2 Extra Steps, Time and Costs


P2 Assistance

If you would like a VMA staff member to review your P2, please email danelle@vma145.ca or call (604) 737-1110 to make an appointment. We can courier your P2 application to Toronto on your behalf at a cost of $35.00.

Please note that all P2 Work Visa applications are processed in Toronto and the time frame for processing is based on when it is received in Toronto.


Foreign Artists (from the US and abroad) wanting to work in Canada

If you are trying to bring a foreign artist or group into Canada to perform please contact:

Lily Kemeredin 

  • Email: reception@afm.org
  • Phone: 416-391-5161 ext.221
  • Toll free in Canada: 1-800-463-6333 ext.221
  • Fax: 416-391 5165