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P-2 Visa

Are you an artist or entertainer looking for an opportunity to showcase your artistic talents in the U.S.? Be part of a reciprocal exchange program with the P-2 visa for artists and entertainers with unique talent in their field. Get to participate in prestigious events and rich cultural exchanges in America and maximize your artistic talents in the U.S. with the P-2 Visa alongside competent artists and entertainers worldwide. Take advantage of this exciting opportunity to take your performances to the next level and expand your artistic horizons in the U.S.

What is the P-2 Visa?

The P-2 visa is a non-immigrant visa category that allows artists and entertainers to perform in the United States as part of a reciprocal exchange program between organizations in the U.S. and foreign countries. This visa facilitates cultural exchange by enabling artists and entertainers to share their talents and traditions with American audiences.

Who Qualifies for the P-2 Visa?

To qualify for the P-2 visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

a. Reciprocal Exchange Program

Must be coming to the U.S. as part of a reciprocal exchange agreement between a U.S. organization and a foreign organization.

b. Similar Skill Level

The U.S. and foreign artists/entertainers must demonstrate similar skills and conditions of employment.

c. Work Offer

Must have an offer to perform in the U.S. as part of the exchange program.

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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-2 visa, looking at the eligibility of the applicant’s field and work and the chances for proving that the applicant has requirements 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 event or organization description to obtain information necessary for applying for the P-2 visa. Upon completion, we ask the applicant to share 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-2 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 complete any missing information and documents.

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

    Artists or entertainers seeking a P-2 visa must find a US-based sponsoring organization, such as a performing arts or festival group, involved in a reciprocal exchange program recognized by the U.S. 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-2 petition is approved, we send the applicant a copy of the approval notice. Once you receive the approval notice, let us guide you through post-approval procedures, making your American dream a tangible reality. P-2 visas are generally valid for the duration of the event or up to one year.

    Step 7: Extension Process

    Artists or entertainers may extend their P-2 visas for up to one year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria and their activities in the U.S. continue.

    What Are the Benefits of the P-2 Visa?

    The P-2 visa offers several advantages, including:

    a. Duration of Stay

    The P-2 visa is generally valid for the duration of the program, up to one year, and may be extended.

    b. Accompanying Personnel

    Essential support personnel can apply for a P-2S visa to accompany the P-2 visa holder.

    What Are the Required Application Documents?

    When applying for the P-2 visa, applicants must submit:

    a. Application Form

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

    b. Exchange Agreement

    A copy of the reciprocal exchange agreement between the U.S. and foreign organizations.

    c. Offer of Employment

    A letter or contract outlining the terms of the engagement.

    d. Evidence of Skill Level

    Documentation to prove that the U.S. and foreign artists possess similar skills.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, if each employer is part of the reciprocal exchange program and files a separate petition.

    P-2 visa holders may apply for a different visa category if they meet the eligibility requirements.

    The P-2 visa is typically valid for the duration of the exchange program, up to one year, and may be extended.

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

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