ATHLETES, MUSICAL ARTISTS, AND ENTERTAINERS (P VISA)
Are you a foreign national: performing artist, entertainer, or a foreign national athlete? Do you have work obligations in the United States that require you to go to the U.S. to perform/entertain, or compete in your sport?
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Nonimmigrants that will be coming to the U.S. to participate in athletic events, or perform entertainment as part of a group of performers, may be eligible for a P visa. Since people seeking a P visa often need the visa quickly to make it to an event or competition, premium processing is available. Admission under a P visa is generally for the duration of a specific competition, performance, or event.
There are many different categories of P Visas, but the major ones are as follows:
P-1A: Athletes or entire Athletic Teams. To be eligible for a P-1 Visa, you must be an internationally recognized athlete, or your team can qualify based on the international reputation of the team (not that of the individual atheltes on the team).
Read more about the P-1A Visa
P-1B: Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group. To be eligible for a P-1B, you must be entering the United States to participate with your “internationally recognized” entertainment group. This visa is perfect for well known musical groups, teatre troops, magician acts, and more!
P-2: Artists and entertainers in exchange programs. To be eligible for a P-2 you must be an artist or entertainer coming to the US under a reciprocal exchange program.
P-3: Culturally unique artists and entertainers. To be eligible for a P-3 you must be an artist or entertainer coming to the US under a culturally unique program to perform, teach, or coach.
P-4: This visa is available for dependents of P1, P2, or P3 holder. Eligible dependents are spouses and/or unmarried children under the age of 21.
Essential Support Personnel – P visas are also available for support personnel who perform support services that can not be readily performed by a U.S. Worker. Includes: coaches, scouts, trainers, and team officials.
Related from: I-129, PETITION FOR A NONIMMIGRANT WORKER
How long can I stay in the U.S. on a P-1 work visa?
You may stay in the U.S. for up to five years with extensions not to exceed a total stay of ten years.
Can I bring my dependents?
Yes, spouses and unmarried children under 21 may apply for a P-4 visa
Can a P-1 holder apply for an adjustment of status?
Yes, you can apply for a Green card to become a permanent resident of the U.S.
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