The P-1 visa allows foreign athletes or entertainers to temporarily work in the U.S. in a specific competition, event, or performance, individually or as part of a group or team.
The P-1A visa category applies to internationally recognized athletes coming to the U.S. temporarily (individually or as a team) to perform at a specific athletic competition, at an internationally recognized level of performance.
The P-1B visa category applies to foreign nationals coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a substantial period of time.
You may also be able to bring your assistant or other essential support staff to the U.S. under the P-2 visa.
- Evidence that the artist, athlete, or entertainer is internationally recognized.
- A formal job offer letter or contract specifying the dates for which work authorization is requested and identifying specific events, performances, competitions or engagements the P visa holder will be performing in.
- A written advisory opinion from a labor organization that describes an individual’s abilities and achievements in their field.
- For entertainment groups, at least 75% of the members of the group must have had a substantial relationship with the group for at least one year.
- For athletes, a contract with a major U.S. sports league or team or comparable evidence
Athletes who cannot meet the “extraordinary ability standard” required for an O-1 visa may petition for a P-1 visa. To qualify for a P-1 visa the athlete must show that he is internationally recognized and is coming to the U.S. to participate in a league or event with a distinguished reputation. Athletes under contract with the NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS and NFL only need to establish that they have a major league contract to qualify for a P-1 visa.
What are the limitations on P-1 Visa
- P-1 entertainers (though not athletes) must be performing as part of a group and not individually
- You may work for multiple employers, however, each employer must file a separate Form I-129.
- Dependents are allowed to stay in the U.S. with you, but may not work
Call immigration attorney Irina Vinogradsky at 216-292-6655 to get help with your P-1 visa.
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