P2 Visa Processing Delay Alert: Regular Processing: Submit your P2 package to the CFM at least 45 calendar days prior to the first performance. Premium Processing: Submit your P2 package to CFM at least 30 days prior to the first performance. US Immigration processing times are out of the control of the CFM and may increase or decrease at any time, without notice. The recommended submission timelines are based on observed average processing times. http://www.cfmusicians.org/services/work-permits New P2 fee of $460 USD is now in effect.
For equipment crossing the border, contact Canada Border Services Agency for an ‘Identification of Articles for Temporary Exportation’ form (Form BSF407). It must be filled out and stamped by the agency. This will make crossing back into Canada a little easier and it’s free of charge. Call 1-800-461-9999 for more info. http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d2/d2-6-5-eng.html Musicians can also apply for an ATA Carnet, a document which enables professionals to bring the tools of their trade across borders easily and without hassle, duties or border fees. For more info; http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/
For AFM members on the road, two important phone #s are: 1-800-ROADGIG (762-3444) in the US and 1-800-INFOFED (463-6333) in Canada. These numbers provide emergency help for members who have contract disputes while on tour.