Renewal notices are sent out starting 2 months PRIOR to your expiration date. For example, if your membership expiration date is 3/31/12, your first renewal notice will be sent at the beginning of January 2012. You will also receive a paper renewal notice the month that your membership expires, and email notices in the middle of each month that you receive a paper notice. If you have already setup an online account, you will see a pending bill in your account that you can proceed to pay online.
YES. For members in the USA, even if you file a forwarding order with the U.S. Postal Service, publications will not be forwarded to you, because they are not sent at the First-class rate. For all other members, the policies and procedures of the postal services in all other countries are extremely varied. Therefore, if you notify PAS when your address changes, this decreases the chances of missing publications.
To notify us of an address change, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org - please include your Membership Number, and both your old and new address. You may also call 317-974-4488 M-F, 9am to 5pm EST and speak to the Membership Services Manager.
If you have an online account, you can also change your Address online by editing your profile.
Yes, but there are certain guidelines. No refunds are available for memberships, so if you want to switch from a Student Hard Copy to a Student ePAS, for example, you can, but there will be no refund for the difference in subscription costs.
However, if you wish to upgrade your membership from Professional ePAS to Professional Hard Copy, for example, you will need to pay the $40 difference, along with the shipping costs for sending you any back copies that are part of your subscription year. You may also choose to forego the rest of your current subscription year and start anew when paying for an upgraded membership.
Just to clarify, Post-Completion Optional Practical Training, known as OPT, is authorization for an F-1 student to work, usually for one year, after completing college studies. You must be in possession of an employment authorization card, which takes about 90 days to receive from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once you receive the card, you must work in your field of study. So for a graduate from a music college or music program, this means working in a music-related job.
Over the past few years, the OPT rules have gotten stricter, but because they are overseen by the international students office or the dean of students office of the school from which the student graduated, there is some flexibility. The general rule is that to qualify for OPT, the student must work regularly. The student cannot accrue more than 90 days of unemployment during the OPT period. Although periods of up to 10 days between jobs will not count toward unemployment, the student must be careful to avoid long gaps between gigs.
Those who arrived as international students, usually holders of an F-1 visa, should start exploring their immigration options early if they hope to pursue music careers in the United States. There are several categories of temporary or nonimmigrant visa status available to musicians and individuals in the music-related professions: O-1 Extraordinary Ability, P-1 International Groups, P-2 Reciprocal Exchange, P-3 and Q-1 Culturally Unique, H-1B Specialty Occupation, and J-1 Management Trainees.
Absolutely not. You might easily qualify for H-1B, O-1 or P-1. So read on . . .
There’s a huge difference between them. The H-1B visa category is for those who have a four-year college degree or equivalent and who will perform a job that requires that degree. USCIS must consider the job a “specialty occupation.” A typical example is a person who earns a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is hired by a U.S. employer as an accountant. It’s not so clear-cut for musicians. Even though the academic study of music is very complex, the immigration service doesn’t consider the position of musician to be a “specialty occupation” for which a degree is required. In other words, in the view of the immigration service, you do not have to have a college degree to be a musician. So, earning a degree in music performance doesn’t qualify you for an H-1B per se.
The H-1B visa category is a perfect fit for other music-related professions, however. Say, for example, you earn a bachelor’s degree in music management. This is considered appropriate training for a position with an artist management company. And it might serve as the degree for a musician who will lead and manage his own band.
The O-1 visa category is for “artists of extraordinary ability” and as such has strict and limited applicability. An artist like Elton John would definitely qualify for O-1. But you don’t have to be an Elton John to fit into this category. I’ve obtained O-1 classification for session musicians, backup singers, and “unknown” artists whose popularity and renown are limited to their own countries. It’s rare that a recent college grad would qualify for O-1 status, but it’s not unheard of. In fact, I’ve done O-1 visas musicians who had graduated only the year prior (at the end of OPT). So don’t immediately dismiss this category. Here’s how it works.
For O-1, you have to be recognized for your greatness as a musician, composer, arranger, or whatever your area of expertise is. A Grammy Award nomination alone would qualify a foreign musician for O-1. But because it’s relatively rare that a person has been nominated for or received a Grammy, a Dove, or a similar music-industry award, the immigration service created an alternative list of criteria.
The simple way to describe the alternative criteria is this: you must be very, very good at what you do, and well known for it. Evidence of national and international awards or of performances at significant venues, reviews in music journals, and recordings listed in Billboard or on relevant music charts are the most common types of evidence needed to establish O-1 eligibility. Then of particular importance are the opinions of experts in the field of music. Usually provided in the form of a letter, these letters must be carefully drafted within the framework of the immigration requirements to document a musician’s extraordinary skill and contributions to the industry. Letters of reference may also confirm the significance of any awards or performances. You often need supporting documents, including a nomination letter, photographs, reviews, news articles, tax returns, royalty payment receipts, and publishing or performance contracts. If you haven’t thought about it ahead of time, getting these documents can be difficult. I usually recommend that clients get all the documents your mother kept for you.
The H-1B is employer driven, based on a true employer-employee relationship. This means you are sponsored by that employer and you must work for that single employer. The employer must pay the prevailing wage. The H-1B is limited to a total of six years, which can be granted in three-year increments. After six years, the H-1B worker needs to have another visa category in the works, such as permanent residence, or the workers must depart the United States. Depending on the timing of the permanent residence process, additional H-1B extensions might be allowed. The requirements are very specific, and I discuss potential exceptions with clients based on their individual circumstances.
The O-1 for musicians does not require an employer-employee relationship in the traditional sense, but there must be a U.S. “sponsor” who takes on the responsibility of filing the petition and keeps track of the individual while he is in the United States. The initial petition requesting O-1 status has to identify the various venues where the musician intends to perform and be paid by the various venue “employers,” and these venues have to authorize the O-1 sponsor to file the petition on their behalf. It’s a bit complicated, but as an attorney, I handle these kinds of matters for musicians and their sponsors. Provided there is an itinerary to support that period of time, O-1 status can be granted for an initial period of three years and can then be renewed in one- to three-year increments. The O-1 is perpetual, so it can be renewed as many times as necessary without limit. If someone is classified with O-1 status, his “essential support staff”—such as a manager, band members, background vocalists, roadies, costume directors, and lighting and sound engineers—can accompany the O-1 artist as O-2 support staff.
P-1 International Groups can serve as an alternative to an O-1. It can be costly to process an O-1 visa petition for the bandleader, along with an accompanying O-2 visa petition for the entire band, orchestra, performance group, and support staff. And not every group has an O-1 member. Congress recognized this possibility and created the P-1, a slightly less rigorous visa category for bands and groups.
The P-1 visa category covers the entire group. The group, however, must have some international renown and perform abroad at significant venues. The band that sponsors the foreign musician can either be a foreign band or a U.S. band. What's important is the international reputation of the band. Although the members of U2, for example, would likely qualify individually for O-1 visas, it would be impractical to file multiple O-1 petitions when a single P-1 petition will cover the In individual musician or the entire group for a tour in the United States. A drawback to the P-1 is that it is issued in only one-year increments, provided that there is an itinerary to support the one year. But it is, however, like the O-1, renewable without limit.
Now, let’s assume that the artist or band is not internationally renowned but wants to develop a career in the United States. An alternative is the P-3 culturally unique visa category. This visa has three basic requirements: (1) an expert opinion that the group is skilled in presenting a culturally unique art form; (2) evidence in the form of reviews, photographs, and/or articles that the group is culturally unique; and (3) evidence that the group is traveling to the United States for a culturally unique performance. This standard is broadly and liberally interpreted by the immigration service, and the visa category provides an excellent option for musicians and artists who are otherwise not eligible for a visa to perform in the United States. A perfect example of a P-3 group would be Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African a capella group that sings traditional tribal music.
Another option for those who play culturally unique music is the Q-1 visa. It was created to promote artistic cultural exchange. Artists who demonstrate and teach their unique art form in public settings may qualify for Q visa status. The cultural exchange venue or program must be designed to exhibit or explain the customs, history, or traditions of the artist’s home country. An African musician who plans to perform at a cultural community center is a good candidate for a Q visa.
The P-2 Reciprocal Exchange is a bit different. P-2 status is useful for musicians who are coming to the United States to perform under a reciprocal-exchange program. To my knowledge, there is only one such program in effect for musicians: the American Federation of Musicians (AFM). Under that program, musicians who are members of the AFM of Canada can request a P-2 classification to tour in the United States.
An individual who works without authorization is deemed to be out of status. If you are an F-1 student and you take a job without work authorization, you have violated your status. You could be deported for working without authorization. A more likely scenario is for the F-1 student to seek “reinstatement,” but this is granted only in narrow circumstances. This type of status violation can be cured by leaving the country and re-entering on your F-1 visa. But do not work without authorization just because it can possibly be cured. Once you violate status, you tread on dangerous territory such as potential deportation and future visa denials.
I should note that even if you have a work-authorized visa status, you can violate your status. If you are an O-1 musician, for example, but have a side job working as a waiter In a restaurant on weekends, you have violated status. This Is so because O-1 status for a musician allows you to work only as a musician. Like the F-1 student, the O-1 musician would have to leave the country and re-enter on an O-1 visa to cure the status violation. And as a side note, an O-1 musician or F-1 student who overstays status can be subject to deportation.
Repeated status violations can certainly affect eligibility for a visa in other categories as well as for permanent residence. Avoid any type of status violation and status overstay. Play it safe. If you’re a student, consult with the foreign student adviser at your school. If you’re about to graduate, consult with an immigration lawyer. The time and financial investment are well worth it rather than facing the consequences of going down the wrong immigration path.
The dimensions of the image must be no larger than 600 pixels wide by 600 pixels high. The file size (kilobytes, megabytes, etc.) does not matter. You can check the dimensions in programs like Photoshop, Microsoft Paint and Microsoft Photo Editor. The image must also be saved in a .jpg, .gif or .bmp format.
Have fun with it. The images enhance the collegiality of the Member Community, so feel free to include any image that reflects your personality, hobbies, pets or the like. Just make sure that the image you include is neither offensive to anyone nor protected by copyright, if you have not obtained permission from its owner or copyright-holder.
Under "My Profile", click the "Preferences" link in the left navigation. Your notification settings are at the top. By selecting "Forward Immediately", you will receive the notifications in your e-mail inbox. If you select "Do Not Forward", you will receive notifications only when you log in to the Community. After you’ve made changes, click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.
When you receive a contact request, you will have the option of accepting, declining or sending that person a message. When you choose to simply decline, the request disappears from your contact requests; the person who sent it to you is NOT notified that you have declined. If you’d like to tell the person why you’re declining their invitation, choose the option to send them a message first. After the message is sent, you can click the “Decline” button.
There are several ways to add contacts to your list. When you perform a search in the Member Directory, you will see an “Add as contact” link next to each person in your search results. Just click this link to send a contact request. If you click through and view someone’s profile, you can click the contact request link just to the right of their profile picture. Clicking any of your “Peer Groups” links, either from your profile or under “My Communities”, will yield a similar list.
Don’t worry – this information is only visible to you. Since you can sort by rating, this feature provides a way to organize your list of contacts. We suggest you give the people you contact most five stars and the ones you contact least one star. Your highest-rated contacts will show up in the left navigation under “My Profile”, making it easy to access their contact information and send them messages.
From a received e-mail or the online discussion board, you can click either the “Reply to eGroup” link to send your message to the entire forum, or the “Reply to Sender” link to send your message only to the sender; both links are located just to the left of the posting. We recommend replying only to the sender for comments like “me, too” that add little value to the discussion.
In an e-mail (HTML version) from a particular discussion forum, you can use the “Post Message” link in the right navigation bar. You can also use the “Post Message” link found in the left navigation. We recommend bookmarking or adding this link to your favorites list in your web browser to make it easily accessible.
Click the “My Subscriptions” link in the left navigation. Here, you will see a list of available subscriptions. Select one of the delivery options (Real Time, Digest, PDA or No Email), then click the “Save” button at the bottom of the page. You will get a red message that confirms your subscription options have been successfully updated. This can take around 30 seconds if you change your settings several communities at the same time.
If images are not appearing, it is likely that your e-mail client is set to suppress images. This should be something you can change in your security or viewing options. If you would rather receive text-based e-mail, go to the “My Subscriptions” page and select the “Text” format option near the top of the page. Be sure to hit “Save” at the bottom of the page once you’ve made this change.
To make it easier to post and reply in the discussion forums, we have enabled an automatic login feature. This means that your login credentials are encrypted in the e-mails you receive from the forums. If you forwarded this to someone else, he/she would be able to click any of the links and log in to the Community as you. For this reason and for your protection, we strongly advise against forwarding e-mails.
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Click the “Directory” link found in the main navigation bar at the top of the site. The Directory lets you search for other members based on:
Click “Resources”, and click on the group whose library you want to view.
Yes. When in the resource library area, select “Advanced Search” from the left navigation. This search will let you specify file type: PowerPoint, Excel, image, video, etc.
The advanced search option allows you to find documents based on keywords within a document title or description or even within its content. You can also specify which libraries you’d like to search, by which author, date posted, tags and more.
Your resource libraries are populated in two ways: you can upload documents directly by using the “Add Document” link found in the left navigation. Alternately, when you include an attachment in a forum post, the system automatically places it in the library and sends a link to it to all subscribers.
In the resource libraries area, click the “Add Document” link in the left navigation. Please note that uploading a document is done in three steps and each step must be completed before you can move on to the next. First, you will choose a title for your document, include a description (if you’d like) and select the library to which you’d like to upload it; then hit “Save”. “Step 2” then activates, allowing you to browse for and upload your file. After uploading, you will have the option of adding tags or keywords to your document so it is more easily searchable.
Q: What kind of documents can I upload?
The system supports literally dozens of file types: PDFs, Powerpoint, Excel, Word, images and even video. You are, however, prohibited from uploading copyright-protected documents that you do not have the rights to post.
Tags are another way of organizing and searching for documents. You can help others find the file you uploaded by including tags when you upload it. We have given you a few sets to choose from, but you can also add your own. Other members can also add tags to your document, further enhancing this search feature. This comes in handy because the name of the same policy or procedure often varies between practices.
No. You can post related documents together, and we encourage you to do so. Follow steps 1 & 2 to upload your first file. Then, rather than saving, perform step 2 again to upload another file. Continue that process until all of your related files are uploaded, then add your tags and hit “Save.”
As the owner of the document, only you or a system administrator can delete your document. If you’d like to delete it, just click the red “X” that appears when you view the document details.
Absolutely. That’s why they are being shared. However, please note all of these documents have been submitted by your peers and have not been reviewed by ISES. You must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of such content.