SAG-AFTRA receives requests for opinion letters on foreign performers’ applications for several types of visas. The visa categories we cover are O-1, O-2, P-1, P-2 and P-3.

Many years ago, the AFL-CIO secured the right of labor unions to opine on such visa applications. The visa application specifically requires the qualified petitioner (the performer's representative) to contact the labor union with jurisdiction over the work at issue (in this instance television and radio broadcasting, sound recordings, and other recorded material), and seek an advisory opinion from the union on whether the visa should be granted.

As per the USCIS requirements, to qualify for an O-1 visa in the motion picture or television industry, the beneficiary must demonstrate extraordinary achievement evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above that ordinarily encountered to the extent the person is recognized as outstanding, notable or leading in the motion picture and/or television field.

Likewise, the consultation must come from an appropriate labor union with expertise in the beneficiary’s area of ability.

Those seeking opinion letters should direct completed applications to or if you have questions, please contact:

Steve Otroshkin
5757 Wilshire Blvd., 7th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 549-6632

For Spanish language applications ONLY, contact:
Hertha Suarez

We require petitioners to submit all supporting documentation (e.g., proof of awards, reviews, articles, and testimonials), a valid copy of their passport, a copy of the I-129 petition form, and a copy of the employment contract.

Please click here to review the qualifications.

Petitions will not be reviewed unless they are complete.

SAG-AFTRA charges a $250 fee for this service.

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