P-1 Work Visas for Athletes, Celebrities, and Entertainers

Who Qualifies For a P-1 Work Visa?

P-1-Athlete
In general, the P-1 applicant must arrive temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually, or as part of team, and the performance must be at an Internationally recognized level of performance.

P-1 Entertainment
The P-1 classification also applies to an alien coming temporarily to perform as a member of a foreign-based entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time. This person also must have had a sustained and substantial relationship with the group (ordinarily for at least one year) and/or provide functions integral to the group’s performance.

P-2 Artistic Exchange
The P-2 classification applies to an alien coming temporarily to perform as an artist or entertainer individually or as part of a group, who will perform under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the U.S. and an organization in another country.