P visas were designed specifically for athletes and entertainers with an international following and a particularly high level of achievement. They are designed to enable citizens of the United States to be exposed to culturally unique talents from overseas, whether in the arts, the entertainment world, or athletics.
- The beneficiary does NOT need to come from a treaty country, like applicants for E visas.
- There are different types of P visas.
- The P-1 visa is designed for internationally known athletes or coaches who are part of a team within the United States. These visa holders may play for the NBA or be Olympic athletes. The athletes or coaches themselves qualify for P-1A visas, and their essential support staff qualify for P-1B.
- P-2 visas are similar, but intended for entertainers or group members who perform under a specific exchange program with a group in the US.
- P-3 visas are for individual artist or entertainers, or groups, who intend to come to the US to teach or showcase a unique performance. This can be theatrical, musical, or other types.
- P visa beneficiaries must demonstrate their success in their field, and accolades, awards, and reviews all strengthen an application.
What are the Benefits of an P Visa
- Unlike H-1B visas there is no cap on the number of P visas granted. It is available to anyone who meets its criteria.
- Unlike most other visas P-1 visas do not have a fixed time period after which they expire. The time granted depends on the time needed to achieve the goals of the applicant. P-1 visas are often granted for up to five years and can be renewed in one year increments.
- The P visa is not technically dual intent, meaning the visa holder ought not apply for a Green Card without consulting first with an experienced immigration attorney.
P1 Visa Fees
Filing Fee – Regular $460
Filing Fee – Premium $2,960
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