The P Visa Category for Athletes, Entertainment Groups, & Artists
The P-1 visa is intended for: 1) internationally recognized athletes; 2) members of an internationally recognized athletic team; and 3) members of an internationally recognized entertainment group coming to perform and/or compete in the United States. In support of P-1 petitions, foreign nationals must submit copies of their international awards, certificates of accomplishment, and photographs documenting their activities and accomplishments. In addition, a consultation discussing their ability from a U.S. labor organization is required. For entertainment groups, the petition should include documentation that the group is internationally recognized as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time in the form of awards, reviews, articles, advertisements, contracts, etc.
The P-2 visa is for those coming to the United States to perform under a reciprocal exchange program. Some of the required P-2 documentation includes a copy of the formal reciprocal exchange agreement between the U.S. organization(s) sponsoring the foreign national and the organization(s) in a foreign country and a statement from the sponsoring organization describing the reciprocal exchange of U.S. artists or entertainers as it relates to the specific petition for which classification is sought.
The P-3 visa allows artists to come to the U.S. solely to perform, teach, or coach under a program that is culturally unique. The required documentation for this visa includes: affidavits or testimonials regarding the beneficiaries' skills and the cultural uniqueness of the entertainment, a consultation from the appropriate labor union, and evidence that all performances in the engagement are cultural in nature. P-3 visas are approved with a validity period only necessary to complete the event or activity, and not to exceed one year.
The family members (spouse and unmarried children under 21) of the principal alien are classified in the P-4 category. They cannot engage in employment in the U.S. unless they are independently qualified to obtain employment authorization.
Immigration Law Associates, P.C. has had many P visa success stories and our attorneys are knowledgeable in the P visa requirements. For example, we have obtained approvals for international Taekwondo athletes, internationally recognized bands, culturally unique cabaret performances and critically acclaimed theatrical productions. Please call our Chicago-based immigration attorneys at 847-763-8500 to schedule a consultation to discuss your visa options.