P Visas For Entertainers And Professional Athletes
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Benefits Of The P Visa
- Your dependents can stay with you as long as you maintain your P visa status.
- Dependents can attend school.
- You can freely travel in and out of the U.S. provided you have a valid visa.
- P Visas cater to a wide range of artists and athletes, providing flexibility to performers, entertainers, and athletes in various fields, from individual athletes to performing groups.
- P-1 and P-2 Visas permit multiple entries into the U.S., enabling artists and athletes to travel in and out for different events and performances.
- Unlike some other visa categories, P Visas do not have an annual cap, which means artists and athletes can apply year-round without concern for numerical limitations.
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P-1A Visa For Athletes
The P-1A visa applies to those foreign nationals who are coming to the United States temporarily to perform individually or as part of a group/team in an athletic competition that is internationally recognized. P-1A beneficiaries must show:
Evidentiary Criteria For P-1A Visa For Athletes
- The athlete or team/group must provide proof of a tendered contract with a major U.S. sports league or team or one commensurate with international recognition and any two of the following criteria:
- Significant participation in a prior season in majors;
- International competition with national team;
- Significant participation in a prior season for a U.S. college/university or intercollegiate competition;
- Written statement from a U.S. sport official about the athlete or team’s international recognition;
- Team or individual ranking;
- Significant honor or award in the sport.
In the alternative to showing two of the above criteria, the foreign national can show performance as a professional athlete employed by either a professional sports team in association with six or more teams that have combined revenues in excess of $10,000,000.00 or a minor league team affiliated with such association.
The P-1B visa applies to those foreign nationals who are coming to the United States temporarily to perform with or is an integral part of an entertainment group that is internationally recognized as outstanding for a sustained and substantial period of time. P-1B beneficiaries must show:
Evidentiary Criteria For P-1B Visa For Entertainment Groups
The entertainment group must provide proof of the following criteria:
- Performing together for at least one year; will need to show list of members and dates of employment; the one year requirement can be waived in some exigent circumstances;
- Must show group has been nominated or has received significant international awards or any 3 of the following criteria/documentation relating to international recognition:
- Star or lead in performance of distinguished reputation
- Reviews in major publication
- Star or lead in performance for organization of distinguished reputation
- Major commercial or critical success
- Testimonials regarding the group’s significant recognition
- Documentation that group has or will command a high salary
P-2 Visa For Artists/Entertainers In Reciprocal Exchange Program – Individual Or Group
The P-2 visa applies to those foreign nationals who are coming to the United States temporarily to perform under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization(s) in the United States and one or more foreign organizations which provide for the temporary exchange of artists, entertainers or groups.
P-3 Visa For Artists/Entertainers In A Culturally Unique Program – Individual Or Group
The P-3 visa applies to those foreign nationals who are coming to the United States temporarily to perform, teach or coach in a culturally unique program that will further understanding of the art form. It can be commercial or noncommercial and does not need to be sponsored by an educational, cultural or government agency.
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Admission Periods/Extensions For P Visa Holders
P-1A Athlete – Time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, up to 5 years. Extensions up to 5 years are permitted. After 10 years in P-1 status, must depart the United States and obtain an new approval.
P-1A Athletic Team – Time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, up to 1 year.
P-1B Entertainment Group – Time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, up to 1 year.
P-2 Reciprocal Exchange – Time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, up to 1 year. Extensions permitted.
P-3 Culturally Unique Program – Time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, up to 1 year. Extensions permitted.
Essential Support Personnel – Time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, up to 1 year. Extensions permitted.