The O-1B nonimmigrant visa allows musicians and other artists to remain in the US to work in their field. While you may be sponsored by an employer for the O-1B to perform or present in your field, there is another benefit to the O-1B as well. Musicians may use an agent as a sponsor for the O-1B. In this way, musicians can perform for multiple contractors during their O-1B. USCIS does require that you list all dates for all shows you will be performing in (or presenting your art work at) up front when you tile the O-1B. Like the O-1A, there is a list of criteria and you need to show you meet at least 3 of the criteria. However, the overall standard for the O-1B is that you show that you are recognized for “prominence” in the field (a much lower standard than sustained national or international acclaim which is the standard for the O-1A). In addition, you must obtain a letter from the union that represents your field. We have worked with many musicians and have utilized the O-1B on their behalf to allow them to stay in the US and perform and build up their case so that eventually they may qualify for the self-sponsored green card or so that they may attain a full time position and be sponsored. We are happy to discuss this option with you.