P-1 Visa

Are you an accomplished athlete or entertainer looking to showcase your skills on the world stage? Take advantage of the P-1 visa program, your gateway to exciting opportunities in the U.S. Designed specifically for internationally recognized athletes and entertainers; the P-1 visa is your first step to participating in prestigious events, training with top teams, and taking your career to the top. Contact us today to initiate your P-1 visa process!

What is the P-1 Visa?

The P-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa category in the United States that allows internationally recognized athletes, entertainers, and artists to come to the U.S. to participate in specific events, performances, or competitions. This visa category is subdivided into P-1A for athletes and P-1B for group entertainers.

Who Qualifies for the P-1 Visa?

To qualify for the P-1 visa, applicants must meet specific criteria for the relevant subcategory:

P-1A (Athletes)

a. International Recognition

Must be internationally recognized for performance in the sport.

b. Competition/Event

Must be coming to the U.S. to participate in a specific competition or event.

P-1B (Entertainers)

a. Group Recognition

The entertainment group must be internationally recognized.

b. Performance

Must be coming to the U.S. to perform with the recognized group.

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    How Does the Application Process Work?

    Step 1: Initial Consultation and Eligibility Assessment

    We assess the applicant’s eligibility for the P-1 visas by looking at the eligibility of the applicant’s field and work, and the chances for proving that the applicant has international recognition in their field.

    Step 2: Completion of Intake Questionnaires and Document Checklist

    We send the petitioner and the sponsor the intake questionnaires, a checklist for documents to be provided, and a sample detailed job description to obtain information necessary for applying for the P-1 visas. Upon completion, the applicant shares the questionnaires, necessary documents, and job description with us.

    Step 3: Document Preparation and Review

    We and the applicant go over potential support letter writers for the P-1 petition and discuss the content of support letters. After that, the applicant begins collecting drafts of support letters. We review the applicant’s documents and information and requests from the applicant and complete any missing information and documents.

    Step 4: Drafting Forms, Finalization of the Application Packet, and Submission

    After meeting the international recognition criteria, athletes and recreational group members seeking a P-1 visa must be sponsored by a US-based team, club, or event organizer. We draft necessary forms, including I-129, and share forms and any remaining support letters with the applicant to be signed and sent back to us. The applicant pays a filing fee if not already paid. We put the signed forms, support letters, and cover letter in the application packet and send them to the USCIS.

    Step 5: Post-Submission Procedures

    After submission, we share a copy of the application packet and receipt notice with the applicant. If the application petition is approved, the applicant can continue with the following visa application steps. Applicants outside the U.S. can apply from the U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country. In this process, if necessary, the relevant consulate or embassy may ask the applicant to attend an interview regarding the visa application process.

    Step 6: Visa Approval and Post-Approval Procedures

    When the P-1 petition is approved, we send a copy of the approval notice to the applicant. P-1 visas are generally valid for the duration of the event.

    Step 7: Extension Procedures

    Individual athletes may request a visa for up to five years and a further extension for up to five years if the event continues. For sports and recreational groups, a visa may be requested for up to one year and extended for up to one year if the relevant event continues.

    What Are the Benefits of the P-1 Visa?

    The P-1 visa offers benefits such as:

    a. Duration of Stay

    P-1 visas are generally valid for the duration of the event, competition, or performance, up to one year, and can be extended.

    b. Accompanying Personnel

    Essential support personnel can apply for a P-1S visa to accompany the P-1 visa holder.

    What Are the Required Application Documents?

    The required documents include:

    a. Application Form

    Completed Form I-129, Petition for Non-immigrant Worker.

    b. Evidence of Recognition

    Documents to prove international recognition in the sport or entertainment field.

    c. Contracts and Itineraries

    Copies of contracts, itineraries, and other relevant information about the event or performance.

    d. Passport

    A valid passport.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, but each employer must file a separate petition.

    The P-1 visa is a non-immigrant visa, so it doesn't directly lead to a green card. However, some P-1 visa holders may qualify for an immigrant visa under another category.

    P-1B visa holders are usually expected to perform with the group, but exceptions might be made in some circumstances.

    Processing times vary, but it generally takes between 2 to 6 months. Premium processing is available for an additional fee.

    No, P-4 visa holders (dependents) cannot work in the U.S. but may attend school or college.
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