What to Know About Obtaining a P-Visa in New York City

There are different visas available for different situations. If you are an athlete or performer, you will need to know about P-Visas. Read on to learn more.

What are P-1A and P-1B Visas?

P-1A Visa: This visa is specifically for internationally recognized athletes. This allows them to come to the country temporarily so that they may perform at a specific athletic competition at an internationally recognized performance level. Those who wish to obtain this visa must meet certain requirements, including:

  • Be visiting the country to participate in an individual event, competition, or performance that requires an internationally recognized athlete
  • Be internationally recognized. This means that the athlete has a high level of achievement backed up with a skill that is above the ordinary and known in more than one country

P-1B Visa: This is available for a member of an internationally recognized entertainment group. This allows them to come to the country temporarily to perform as a member of this group. An individual who wishes to obtain this visa must meet the following requirements:

  • At least 75% of the members in their group have had a substantial and consistent relationship with the group for at least one year
  • The group must be internationally recognized with a high level of achievement backed up by a skill that is above the ordinary

It is important to note that the group’s reputation is an important factor.

P-2 and P-3 Visas?

P-2 Visa: This visa is for those who are individual performers or part of a group that is planning to perform in a reciprocal exchange program. The requirements to receive this visa are as follows:

  • The individual must be an artist or entertainer under a formal reciprocal exchange agreement between the organization in the United States and the organization in the foreign country
  • The individual must possess skills that are comparable to those of artists and entertainers in the United States that are taking part in the program outside the country

P-3 Visa: This is specifically available for artists or entertainers coming to the country to temporarily be a part of a culturally unique program. This is for those coming to perform, teach, or coach. The requirements to receive this visa are as follows:

  • The individual must come to the country individually or as a group for one of the following purposes: developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance
  • The individual must come to the country to participate in a cultural event to further the understanding of their art form

If you have any questions or concerns regarding P Visas, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced attorney.

Contact Our New York City Immigration Lawyers

Our law firm can explain all the opportunities associated with fiancé visas and help you through the entire procedure, as well as discuss whether this is a good option. For an initial consultation with a skilled immigration lawyer, contact the Law Office of Cheryl R. David in New York.