P-1 Visa

For Athlets:

The P1 classification applies to citizens of foreign countries coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete. They must participate, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance.

Do I qualify?

Your U.S. employer files a petition for you when you satisfy their requirements. The petition should include:

§ A written advisory opinion from an appropriate labor organization
§ A copy of the contract with a major U.S. sports league or team or a contract in an individual sport
§ Copies of evidence of at least two of the following should also be included:

1. Significant participation in a prior season with a major United States sports league
2. Participation in international competition with a national team
3. Significant participation in a prior season for a U.S. college or university in intercollegiate competition
4. A written statement from an official of the governing body of the sport which details how the alien or team is internationally recognized;
5. A written statement from a member of the sports media or a recognized expert in the sport which details how the alien or team is internationally recognized;
6. The individual or team is ranked, if the sport has international rankings; or
7. The alien or team has received a significant honor or award in the sport.

For Entertainment Groups:

The P1 classification also applies to foreign citizens coming temporarily to perform as a member of a foreign-based entertainment group. The entertainers should have been recognized internationally as outstanding in their area of specialty for a sustained and substantial period of time.

Do I qualify?

Whether or not you qualify for the P-1 Visa is determined by the requirements of your US employer. The petition filed by employers must include the following:

§ A written advisory opinion from an appropriate labor organization
§ A statement that the group has been established and performing regularly for at least one year
§ Evidence that the group is internationally recognized as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time as demonstrated by evidence of the group’s receipt of, or nomination for, significant international awards or prizes for outstanding achievement in the field.
OR evidence of at least 3 of the following should be included:

1. The group has performed and will perform as a starring or leading entertainment group in production or events, which have a distinguished reputation. Those must be proved with critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts, or endorsements
2. The group has achieved international recognition and acclaim for outstanding achievement in its field. This must be proved with reviews in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines or other published material
3. The group has performed and will perform services as a leading or starring group for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation. Evidences include articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials
4. The group has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes. This can be supported by ratings, box office receipts, record, cassette or video sales, and other achievements as reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications
5. The foreigner has received significant recognition for achievements from critics, organizations, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field; testimonials clearly indicating the endorser’s authority, expertise and knowledge of the achievements
6. The group has commanded and will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services comparable to others similarly situated in the field. Evidence includes contracts or other reliable documents