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P Visas For Athletes

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.