P Visa for Athletes Artists and Entertainers

United States Work Visa for Athletes Artists and Entertainers (P Visa)


P Visa General Information: The P Visa is a Non-Immigrant Visa allowing certain individuals to work temporarily in the United States. The P Visa consists of four classifications: P1, P2, P3 and P4. The P Visa classification covers aliens that are internationally recognized athletes, artists or entertainers. The spouse and unmarried children of the P Visa holder may also accompany the P Visa holder to the United States during his or her duration of stay. The P1 Visa may be issued to an individual or to a team/group. The P Visa allows for individuals that are part of a team or entertainment group to come to the United States and perform temporarily. Other classifications under the P Visa cover individuals who perform, teach or coach in culturally unique programs.

P Visa Eligibility Requirements:

The P1 Visa classifications cover individuals who compete at an internationally recognized level.
The P2 Visa classification is for individuals who are entertainers or a part of a performance group that perform on a reciprocal exchange program with U.S. organizations. Necessary documentation includes formal reciprocal exchange agreements, descriptions of the exchange program and evidence of qualifying skills.
The P3 Visa applicant must be at least 18 years of age, be qualified to perform the work as specified on the petition, communicate effectively, and have not resided in the United States during the last year before arrival on a P3 Visa.

Download the P-1 Work Visa Application. Instructions and Application Forms Included.

The P Visa Application Guide:

P1 Visa for Athletes and Entertainers overview
P1 Visa requirements
P2 and P3 Visa requirements and application procedures
Benefits and drawbacks
Visa eligibility information
How to complete the application forms
Description of internationally recognized level of performance necessary to obtain the P1 Visa
Description of performance and entertainment criteria necessary to obtain the P2 Visa
Description of culturally unique programs that accept teaching, coaching, and performing as a criteria to obtain the P3 Visa
P1 Visa for Athletes and Entertainers extension information
P1 Visa Document checklist
List of all USCIS (formerly INS) offices nationwide
List of United States embassies and consulates
FREE P Visa Application Forms

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