Athletes, Entertainment Groups, Artists

P-1 Athlete

The P-1 Visa applies to an alien athlete who is temporarily travelling to the U.S to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, either individually or as part of a group/team. The competition is required to be an internationally recognized level of play.

P-1 Entertainment Group

The P-1 Visa classification also applies to an alien coming temporarily to perform as a member of a foreign-based entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in their discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time. The individual must have a sustained and substantial relationship with the group, ordinarily for at least one year, and/or provide functions integral to the group’s performance.

P-2 Artistic Exchange

The P-2 classification applies to an alien, travelling temporarily to the US, to perform as an artist/entertainer, individually or as part of a group, that will perform under a reciprocal exchange program. The reciprocal exchange needs to be with a US based organization.

P-3 Culturally Unique Artists

The P-3 classification applies to aliens travelling temporarily to the US, to perform, teach, or coach as artists/ entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique.

Accompanying Support Personnel for P-1, P-2 and P-3

This category applies to accompanying support personnel who are highly skilled aliens coming temporarily as an essential and integral part of the competition or performance of a P-1, P-2, or P-3. Essential support personnel must perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance or services of the athlete or entertainer.