Understanding the P Visa
The P visa is for prominent athletes, artists and entertainers. The petition for P visas can be filed for either an individual or a team, so long as the applicant can establish a level of distinction and prominence in the field. Self-petitioning is not allowed, so either a US agent or employer must file the P visa petition.
There are three general P visa categories:
- P-1 Visas: Internationally-recognized Individual or team athletes, or members of an entertainment group.
- P-2 Visas: Artists or entertainers coming to the US to perform under a reciprocal exchange program.
- P-3 Visas: Artists or entertainers coming to the US to perform under a “culturally unique” program.
- Essential Support Personnel may also qualify for P-1S, P-2S or P-3S visas to accompany the principal P-1, P-2 or P-3 visa holder.
Spouses and Children of P Visa Holders
Spouses and unmarried children under 21 may accompany the principal P visa holder to the US and can be given P-4 status.P-4 visa holders cannot engage in employment.
Connecting Your Business With International Talent
At Becker & Lee LLP, employment-based immigration is one of our primary practice areas. Our experienced attorneys have worked with a range of talented individuals, employers and human resource professionals to obtain P visas, and other temporary work visas for their employees. Past clients include baseball players, equestrians, capoeira professionals and other athletes.
Our P visa lawyers offer comprehensive representation to help ensure legal compliance and help increase chances of success in the visa application process. Contact our San Francisco law firm to learn more about your options.