P-1 Visa

Artists and athletes are essential to healthy cultural exchange. The global community benefits greatly from the work of each country’s greatest thinkers and performers. P-1 visas are issued to entertainers, circus artists, and athletes who wish to work in the U.S.

Outstanding athletes may apply for this visa in order to compete in the U.S., either as individuals or as members of an internationally recognized athletic team.

Entertainment groups with an outstanding international reputation can be granted P-1 classification as a unit; however, individual entertainers within these groups cannot apply for separate visas.

The employer of P-1 visa applicants who are athletes may be asked to provide the following:

The employer of P-1 visa applicants who are entertainers may be asked to provide the following:

  1. A letter from “an appropriate labor organization” (USCIS).
  2. Proof “that the group has been established and performing regularly for at least one year” (USCIS).
  3. Proof that the group has received ” international awards or prizes for outstanding achievement in the field, or evidence of at least 3 of the following:

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