P VISAS

P-1A, Internationally Recognized Athlete

The P-1A visa is for individual athletes or sports teams who are coming to the United States to temporarily perform in an athletic competition at an internationally recognized event or league.

Individual Athletes

Individual athletes must prove that they are seeking admission into the United States to participate in an event/competition in which the athlete has been internationally recognized due to a high level of achievement. This can be proved by evidence that the athlete has achieved a high degree of skill and recognition that is beyond what is generally encountered in other athletes in the same sport: in other words, that the athlete’s achievement in the sport has been leading, renown, and very well recognized in more than one country.

Sports Teams

Sports teams must prove that they are seeking admission into the United States to participate in an event/competition and that the sports team has been internationally recognized in the sport. The Sports team must also prove that the event is distinguished and that the competition necessitates the participation of Sports teams with international notoriety, achievement, or recognition.

Support Staff (Coaches, Trainers, Scouts, Team Officials)

The support staff of P-1 visa recipients can also obtain a P visa if they are highly skilled essential support staff and are an integral part of the successful performance of a P1-Visa worker. Support staff must perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a United States worker. Support staff must have relevant qualifications and specific knowledge to perform the required services. They must also have a history in providing support to the P-1 Visa worker.

Family of P-1 Visa Recipients 

The spouse and unmarried minor children of a P1-Visa Recipient are entitled to a P4- Visa.  P-4 Visas are subject to the same period of admission and limitations as provided in the principle P-1 Visa. Neither the spouse nor a child of the alien beneficiary may accept employment unless he or she has been granted employment authorization in the United States.

Every Athlete and Sports Teams Needs a U.S. Based Petitioner 

The petitioner for a Foreign Athlete or Sports Team must be a United States Employer, a United States Sponsoring Organization, or a United States Agent. In other words, a “Foreign Employer” is not able to petition to for a Foreign Athlete or Foreign Sports Team unless the Foreign Employer files a petition through a United States Agent. “Foreign Employers” are those that are not subject to service of process in the United States.

P-1B, A Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group

The P-1B Visa is for Internationally Recognized Entertainment Groups who are coming to the United States to perform on a temporary basis.

Group’s Qualifications

The group must prove that it is internationally recognized and that it has achieved a high level of notoriety and skill in its specific discipline above that generally found in other groups of the same discipline. An Entertainment Group is defined as consisting of two or more persons who function as a unit. A solo artist who generally performs with the same musicians or back-up singers, could be considered an entertainment group. The application will be adjudicated using the reputation of the group, not the achievements or reputation of any specific member of the group. The group must prove that at least 75 percent of the members of the group have had a substantial relationship with the group for at least one year.

Support Staff 

The support staff of P-1 visa recipients can also obtain a P-1 Visa if they are highly skilled essential support staff and are an integral part of the successful performance of a P1-Visa worker. Support staff must perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a United States worker. Support staff must have relevant qualifications and specific knowledge to perform the required services. They must also have a history in providing support to the P-1 Visa worker.

Family of P-1 Visa Recipients 

The spouse and unmarried minor children of a P1-Visa Recipient are entitled to a P4- Visa.  P-4 Visas are subject to the same period of admission and limitations as provided in the principle P-1 Visa. Neither the spouse nor a child of the alien beneficiary may accept employment unless he or she has been granted employment authorization in the United States.

Foreign Entertainment Group Needs a U.S. Based Petitioner 

The petitioner for a Foreign Entertainment Group must be a United States Employer, a United States Sponsoring Organization, or a United States Agent. In other words, a “Foreign Employer” is not able to petition to for a Foreign Entertainment Group unless the Foreign Employer files a petition through a United States Agent. “Foreign Employers” are those that are not subject to service of process in the United States.

P2, Individual Performer or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program

The P2 visa is issued by the United States for artists and entertainers who wish to participate in government permitted programs in the US. It is a temporary work visa for non-immigrants who have come to perform in the US through government reciprocal program between the organization in their own country and the US.

Required Criteria Include:

  1. The artist or entertainer must enter US through government recognized reciprocal exchange program.

  2. The artist must poses skills that are equal to those of artists of US performing outside US.

  3. An US organization or employer must file Form I-129, Petition for a Non-Immigrant Worker.

  4. The individual artist, entertainer or group should be invited through reciprocal program

  5. The applicants must meet the health and character requirements.

P3, Artist or Entertainer Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program

The P-3 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals to enter into the U.S. to perform, teach or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique.

A P-3 visa classification may be accorded to artists or entertainers, individually or as a group, coming to the U.S. for the purpose of developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation.

Further, the Applicant must be coming to the U.S. to participate in a cultural event or events which will further the understanding or development of your art form. The program may be of a commercial or noncommercial nature.

If you need help determining if you qualify for any of the visas previously mentioned, contact Liberty Johnson today. We have a vast amount of experience in immigration law and we provide advanced and comprehensive support on all immigration issues.

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