P visas are temporary worker visas which allow athletes and entertainers a short-term visa for an opportunity to work in the United States for a local employer. There are different types of P visas available depending on your situation.
The P-1A athlete visa applies to those who are entering the United States temporarily to perform in an athletic competition. Qualifying standards for those seeking P-1A visas include:
Individuals competing at an internationally recognized athletic level of performance are eligible for a P-1A Visa. You must be coming to the U.S. to compete at a specific event and be a high-achieving athlete with international recognition and skill.
People who are part of a team or group at an internationally recognized level and coming to the U.S. to compete in a specific event are eligible for a P-1A Visa. The team must also have a distinguished reputation and be well-known in multiple countries.
A professional athlete coming to the United States to be employed by a team that is a member of an association with combined revenues of over $10 million per year or by any minor league team affiliate are eligible for a P-1A Visa.
Those coming to the United States as an athlete or to coach a team or franchise are eligible for P-1A visas. They must meet specific requirements including:
For more detailed information about the P-1A visa, visit the USCIS website.
The P-1B visa is for nonimmigrant members of internationally recognized entertainment groups. The P-1B visa is very similar to the P-1A visa, it is just set aside for those in groups such as circus performers and personnel, and other forms of entertainment.
A P-2 Visa is intended for individual performers who are part of a group temporarily entering the United States to perform in an exchange program. In order to qualify for this visa, you and your group will need to possess the skills which compare to those of competing United States entertainers.
In order to qualify for a P-2 visa, the sponsoring organization in the U.S. must file Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.
A P-3 Visa is intended for those entering the United States to temporarily perform, coach, or teach as an artist or entertainer – individually or as part of a group. Your purpose for coming to the U.S. must include one of the following:
To apply for a P visa, you must fill out and submit Form I-129. This form is a petition for a nonimmigrant worker to enter the United States for temporary work with supporting documentation. Forms you may need to support your petition include:
Once your petition is approved, you can apply at the U.S. embassy or consulate. For an extension of stay, you can apply for one year extensions with the USCIS by submitting Form I-539.
While the term of the visa is typically subject to a contract of planned performance or competition, the maximum initial allowance for P visas is 5 years.
At Scott D. Pollock & Associates, P.C., we provide individuals, families, and employers the legal representation they need to navigate the process of obtaining temporary worker visas and nonimmigrant visas such as the P visa. Contact a member of our team today at 312.444.1940.