The P Visa is a non-immigrant visa reserved for aliens who are internationally recognized as athletes, and entertainers. Prior to seeking a visa or admission into a foreign country, the alien’s employer, agent, or sponsoring organization must complete a Form I-129, or petition for non-immigrant worker. This allows the USCIS to determine the eligibility of the alien’s visa. If an alien in the United States has been granted a P visa, but wishes to change employers or sponsors, a new Form I-129 must be filed in order to petition for an extension of stay.
The skilled immigration attorneys at the New York City law firm of Berd & Klauss PLLC have experience assisting aliens seeking a P visa for entry into the United States. There are four different types of P visas:
- P-1A: A visa for an internationally renowned athlete.
- P-1B: A visa for a member of an internationally known entertainment group.
- P-2: An individual performer or a member of a performance group entering the country in order to perform under a reciprocal exchange program.
- P-3: An artists or an entertainer entering the country to partake in a culturally unique program.
Additionally, spouses or children of an alien seeking a P visa can accompany their family member into the country on a P-4 visa. Regardless of what category of P visa is sought, there are certain requirements that must be met in order to petition. These requirements include copies of written contracts between the writer and the beneficiary, an explanation of the nature of events, a written consultation from a labor organization, and any other necessary evidence for the specific P category. For more information on P visas, visit Berd & Klauss PLLC online or call.