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 Becker & Lee LLP clients include baseball players, equestrians, capoeira professionals and other athletes.
Our P visa lawyers offer comprehensive representation to help increase chances of success in the visa application process. Contact our San Francisco Bay Area law firm to learn more about your options.