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There are three distinct categories of P visas: P-1, P-2, and P-3.
The P-1 visa is designated for athletes, athletic teams, and entertainment companies that have received international acclaim. For a performer in an entertainment group to qualify for P-1 classification, they must have been a crucial part of the group’s performance for at least one year or a significant period. Although the P-1 and O-1 visas cater to similar talents, they have differing regulations that lead to unique procedures and criteria.
P-2 visas cater to individual artists or entertainers, or groups, who intend to perform in the U.S. as part of a reciprocal exchange program between an American organization and one or more entities in other countries.
P-3 visas are available for individual artists or entertainers, or groups, planning to enter the U.S. for performances, teaching, or coaching in either commercial or non-commercial programs that are culturally unique. For a group seeking P-3 classification, each member must have been a vital part of the group’s performance for at least one year or a significant duration.
Holders of P visas can have their spouse and unmarried children under the age of twenty-one join them in the U.S. with P-4 visas. These family members, however, are not permitted to work in the U.S.
The length of validity for P visas is tied to the duration needed to complete the specific event, activity, or performance, with a maximum initial stay of one year.
Different P visa classifications require different evidence, so it is important to consult the specific criteria for each.
For further details on how we can assist with preparing and filing the necessary documentation for P visas, please contact us for dependable counsel.