The P Non-immigrant Employment Visa Category
The P nonimmigrant employment visa category is reserved for foreign professionals that are athletes, entertainers and cultural performers. The cultural program may be either commercial or non-commercial in nature. A visa holder is allowed to be paid.
P-1 VISASThe-P 1 visas are for athletes and group entertainers that have been internationally recognized as outstanding for a long and continuous period of time. Below are the guidelines.
Must be an athlete part of a team or an entertainment group (at least two individuals).
Must be *internationally recognized*.
Must have at least one year of recognition as outstanding in the particular discipline or field. (requirement may be waived under certain conditions, like illness or exigent circumstances).
Circus performers are exempt from international recognition and one-year requirement.
An individual athlete may obtain a P-1A for five years, renewable for an additional five years.
P-3 VISASThe P3 isa does not require as high a standard as the P1 (athletes / entertainers) visa, but level of performance should be comparable to U.S.-based performers. A period required to complete the program or event up to 1 year maximum.
DocumentationObtaining a P-3 visa will start with your employer or sponsoring organization filing a Form I-129 Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker. Below is a checklist.
Event and your itinerary in the U.S.;
Testimonials or letters from recognized experts urging the authenticity of your skill in teaching, performing, coaching, or presenting the unique and traditional art form and providing the credentials of the expert to assess a culturally unique program; or
Documentation that you or your group*s performance is culturally unique through reviews in journals, newspapers, or other publications;
Documentation that all of your planned performances will be culturally unique.