The P-1A nonimmigrant visa is for individuals coming to the United States to temporarily perform in specific athletic competitions, individually, or as part of a group, at an internationally-recognized level of performance. The P-1B is available to internationally-recognized entertainment groups.
Accompanying spouse and children of athletes and performers under the age of 21 may be eligible to apply for P-4 nonimmigrant visas but may not work in the United States under this classification. However, they may engage in full or part time study on a P-4 visa.
Individual Athlete Eligibility Criteria (P-1A)
- Participate in individual event, competition, or performance
- In which you are recognized with a high level of achievement that is renowned, leading, or well-known in more than one country
Athletic Team Eligibility Criteria (P-1A)
- Participate in team event, competition, or performance
- Event must be distinguished and require participation of teams of international recognition
Member of Internationally-Recognized Entertainment Group (P-1B)
- At least 75% of group members have had substantial and sustained relationship with the group for at least one year.
- Internationally-recognized group with a high level of achievement in a field evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above the ordinary. The reputation of the group, not the individual achievements of its members or the acclaim of a particular production, is essential.
Length of Stay
Individual athletes are allowed to stay for the time needed to complete the event, with a maximum initial period of stay of five years. Extensions may be granted in increments of up to five years, but the total stay is limited to ten years.
Athletic groups are allowed to stay for the time needed to complete the event, with a maximum initial period of stay of one years. Extensions may be granted in increments of up to one year in order to continue or complete the event, competition or performance.
Entertainment groups are allowed to stay for the time needed to complete the event, not to exceed one year. Extensions may be granted in increments of up to one year, in order to continue or complete the qualifying competitions, events, or performances.
What We Do
- Prepare a thorough P-1 application with evidence required
- Review applications to identify potential concerns that may affect the outcome of the application
- Provide guidance in maintaining P-1 status
- Assist P-1 holders within the United States that wish to extend their visa, apply for a Change of Status, file an EB-1 Extraordinary Ability Application or Adjust Status
Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of the P-1A athlete or team or P-1B entertainers and who perform support services not readily performed by a U.S. worker may also be eligible for P-1 status. Support personnel include front office personnel, camera operators, lighting technicians and stage personnel.