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P visa for artists/athletes

Overview of the Application Process for a P visa for artists/athletes

Procedure Name: P visa for artists/athletes.
Purpose: The P visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows certain individuals to work temporarily in the United States.
Eligible Applicants: The P visa category applies to foreign nationals who are internationally recognized athletes, entertainers or comedians.
Additional Information: The spouse and unmarried children of the P visa holder may also accompany the P visa holder to the United States during the stay. The P-1 visa can be issued to an individual or a team/group. The P visa allows individuals who are part of an entertainment team or group to come to the United States and work temporarily.
 How to Apply: Order and download this information guide online now to learn how to apply for a P visa for artists/athletes.

An Overview of the P Visa Application Process for Artists/Athletes

The USCIS petition must be filed by an employer or sponsor in the United States, not by an individual performer. Once the petition is approved, the appropriate P classification is determined. Before applying for a visa to enter the United States, a P person needs to know under which classification he or she has been approved.

Classification P-1:

Individuals who come to the United States to participate in sporting events, either individually or as part of a group. Competitions in which the Athlete(s) will compete must enjoy worldwide prestige and require the participation of other international Athletes or Sports Teams.
Individuals who are performers individually or as part of a group and who have performed together for more than 1 year. The event in which the group or team will participate must be internationally recognized. Please note that individuals who are part of a group cannot perform individually at other events on a P-1 visa.

Classification P-2

Artists and entertainers who belong to an organization in their home country that has a mutual exchange program with an organization in the US where people can temporarily perform in each other’s countries.
Classification can be awarded to individuals or groups
The exchange of artists/artists should be similar in terms of conditions, duration of work and the number of persons involved in the cultural exchange.
A person who is classified as providing essential support to a P-1 visa holder may qualify for the P-2 classification.

Classification P-3

An artist or entertainer who, individually or as an integral part of a group, seeks to perform, teach or coach in a commercial or non-commercial culturally unique program.
The P-3 classification covers entertainers and entertainers who come to the US for the purpose of developing, interpreting, performing, teaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation.
The P-3 category can be applied for both individually and as part of a group.

Classification P-4

The spouse and unmarried minor children of a P-1, P-2, or P-3 visa holder are eligible for a P-4 visa to accompany their spouse/parent to the United States.
P-4s are subject to the same time limits and restrictions as P-1, P-2, or P-3 visa holders.
P-4 visa holders are not allowed to work in the United States without a separate work permit.

Answers to questions that you will find in the information guide and instructions package:

  • General P-1 Visa Information for Athletes and Artists
  • P-1 visa requirements
  • Requirements and Procedures for Applying for P-2 and P-3 Visas
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Information about the possibility of obtaining a visa
  • Access to P Work Visa Forms for Athletes and Artists
  • How to fill out forms
  • Description of the internationally recognized level of performance required for a P-1 visa
  • Description of Performance and Entertainment Criteria Required for a P-2 Visa
  • Description of culturally unique programs that accept teaching, learning, and action as criteria for obtaining a P-3 visa.
  • P-1 Visa Extension Information for Athletes and Artists
  • List of Documents Required for a P-1 Visa
  • USCIS Nationwide Offices List (formerly known as INS)
  • List of US embassies and consulates


P visa for artists/athletes
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