Touring to the USA?
You need a Work Permit!
If you are a Canadian musician touring to the United States, your performances on U.S. soil are treated like any other type of professional work, and the appropriate type of work permit is required. In most cases, the permit needed is a P2 Work Permit.
Failure to procure the appropriate work visa can lead to serious trouble with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. You can be effectively "black-listed" and denied any future entry into the United States.
The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) is recognized by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as an authorized petitioner for temporary work permits on behalf of AFM member musicians. Canadian members who wish to perform (work) in the United States may apply for non-immigrant work permits through AFM. The AFM provides the exact same level of service as immigration lawyers or visa service agents.
The AFM provides immigration consulting services to members and non-members alike. However, petitioning for P2 Work Permits is a member-specific service, processed by AFM’s Canadian Office on behalf of Canadian AFM members exclusively.
For more information on how to apply for a P2 work permit, please visit: https://cfmusicians.afm.org/services/work-permits