P-1 Visa for Athletes and Entertainments
This visa classification is appropriate for athletes and entertainers who do not meet the “extraordinary ability” standard which is require for an O-1 visa.. Beneficiaries of this visa classifications are commonly athletes and entertainers who are members of a sports team or entertainment group. The visa is normally issued for a limited time period, such as for a sports season or a concert tour.
Athletic teams, which are “internationally recognized” from overseas, may apply for the P-1 visa for the entire team and each member receives the P-1 visa. Or an American team can bring in a foreign player with an individual P-1 visa.
The P-1 visa classification is also used to bring entertainment groups into the United States. Orchestras, vocal groups, dance troupes and theatrical companies are examples of P-1 entertainers.
There are certain other procedures that must be followed such as a consultation with a labor organization associated with the fields of athletics or entertainment. It is also important to provide USCIS with all of the required documentation at the time the petition is made to USCIS.
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