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P-1 Temporary Employment Visas

If you are an athlete or member of an entertainment group, and you need to enter the U.S. to perform for specific events, you can apply for a P-1 Visa, which is a temporary work visa.

Types of P-1 visas:

  • P-1A VISA
  • P-1B VISA

Why an P-1 Visa Lawyer

  • Preparation and submission of application packet, including forms, testimony letters, evaluations, event or performance information, and more depending on the Applicant’s qualifications.
  • Detailed attorney cover letter outlining the legal requirements, the Applicant’s Background, and how the applicant meets all the requirements using their qualifications.
  • Strategic advice from beginning to end on how to meet the requirements and attorney provides assistance and oversees every single piece of evidence.

P-1A VISA

If you are coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group, and you or your group has achieved an internationally level of performance, you may apply for the P-1A visa.

Requirements for P-1A Visa Application

You meet the requirements if you are coming to the United States to participate in individual events, competitions or performances in which you are internationally recognized, with a high level of achievement that is substantially above others in the industry. Therefore, you must demonstrate your achievements are renowned, leading or well known in more than one country.

If you are an athletic team, you must be coming to the United States to participate in team events of international recognition and must have already achieved significant international recognition in the sport.

Benefits of P-1A Visa

  • Can travel;
  • Can enter the U.S. and perform for payment or prize money;
  • Can also get visas for accompanying essential support personnel and dependents (spouse and children under 21);
  • It is a good alternative to the O-Visa if you do not meet the higher standard for an O-Visa; and
  • The visa is valid for as long as you need time to complete your event, competition or performance in the United States, and you can extend the visa up to 5 years, as an individual, and extend in increments of 1 year as a group.

P-1B VISA

If you are coming to the United States temporarily to perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a certain time. At least 75 percent of the members of the group need to be an essential part of the group for at least one year.

Requirements for P-1B Visa Application

Your U.S. employer must file form I-129 together with supporting documents and a consultation from an appropriate labor organization. This consultation form should include details about your recent work during the last years.

Benefits of P-1B Visa

  • Can travel;
  • Can enter the U.S. and perform for payment or prize money;
  • Can also get visas for accompanying essential support personnel and dependents (spouse and children under 21);
  • It is a good alternative to the O-Visa if you do not meet the higher standard for an O-Visa; and
  • The visa is valid for as long as you need time to complete your event, competition or performance in the United States, and you can extend the visa up to 5 years, as an individual, and extend in increments of 1 year as a group.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The visa lasts for as long as is needed to complete the event or competition, within the following terms:

  • As an individual athlete, you can stay in the United States up to 5 years.
  • If you are a group of athletes, you can stay in the United States up to 1 year.
  • If you bring essential support personnel, the period of stay is up to 1 year.

It is possible to extend your visa to continue or complete an event in the United States. As an individual athlete or an essential support personnel, you can get an extension for up to 5 years. As a group of athletes, you can extend your visa in increments of 1 year.

The visa is good as long as you need time to complete your event, competition or performance in the United States. The maximal period is 1 year.

You can apply for an increase of up to 1 year if you have to continue or complete the event, competition or performance.

Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may apply for the P-4 status, which also allows your children to go to school or college.

P-2 Visa

If you are coming temporarily to perform as an artist or entertainer, individually or as part of a group, who will perform under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the United States and an organization in another country, you might be eligible for a P-2 Visa. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more.

P-3 Visa

If you are coming temporarily to perform, teach or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique, you might be eligible for a P-3 Visa. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more.

O-Visa

If you are an artist or entertainer who has “extraordinary ability” in your field, you might be eligible for an O Visa. Schedule a consultation with us to learn more.

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