08 September 2006

Visa woes cause massive disappointment for American music fans

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Thousands of music fans in North America have been left disappointed after British group Massive Attack experienced visa problems.

The group were due to fly to Canada to headline the inaugural V-Festival in Toronto at the weekend, followed by dates in Montreal and then across the border in the US with gigs in Detriot and Chicago, but were forced to pull out after not receiving their United States visas in time.

A statement on the group's website read: "In spite of timely and coordinated efforts, the essential U.S. immigration visas were not issued in time for the beginning of the Massive Attack North American tour."

Performce groups looking to perform in the United States can apply for a P-1 visa.

The P-1 visa is for groups who are internationally recognized as being 'outstanding' and there are strict criteria for a successful P-1 petition.

These include:

In addition, three of the following must also be shown to be true for a successful petition:

Massive Attack says it intends to reschedule dates.

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