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 and 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).
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
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