applies to you if you are coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at
a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part
of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of
INVIDIDUAL ATHLETES ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
You must be
coming to the
United States to participate in individual event, competition or
performance in which you are internationally recognized with a high
level of achievement; evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition
substantially above that ordinarily encountered so that the achievement
is renowned, leading or well known in more than one country.
ATHLETIC TEAMS ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
You must be
coming to the
United States to participate in team events and must have achieved
significant international recognition in the sport. The event in which
your team is participating must be distinguished and require the
participation of athletic teams of international recognition.
To come to the
States your U.S. employer must file a Form I-129, Petition for
Non-Immigrant Worker, accompanied by the appropriate fee and supporting
Please note a petitioner who will be filing as an
agent for multiple
employers must establish that it is duly authorized to act as an
agent. The required conditions can be found at the link to
the right (see the USCIS memorandum “Requirements
for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa
The U.S. employer must submit a consultation from
an appropriate labor
organization. The consultation must describe the work or services to be
performed in the United States and your qualifications for such work.
If no appropriate labor organization exists, this requirement is
excused. For more information about filing a Form I-129, see the “Form
I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker” page on USCIS.gov.
The Form I-129
include the following documents:
written consultation from an appropriate labor organization
copy of the contract with a major U.S. sports league or team or a
contract in an individual sport commensurate with international
recognition in the sport, if such contracts are normally utilized in
explanation of the event and itinerary
of at least two of the following:
of having participated to a significant extent in a prior season with a
major United States sports league
of having participated to a significant extent in international
competition with a national team
of having participated to a significant extent in a prior season for a
U.S. college or university in intercollegiate competition
written statement from an official of a major U.S. sports league or an
official of the governing body of the sport which details how you or
your team is internationally recognized
written statement from a member of the sports media or a recognized
expert in the sport which details how you or your team is
that you or your team is ranked, if the sport has international rankings
that you or your team has received a significant honor or award in the
APPLYING FOR A VISA AT A U.S. EMBASSY OR
Once the visa
approved, you can apply at a U.S. embassy or
consulate. For more information on visa application
processing and issuance fees, see the Department of State's “travel.state.gov” page.
PERIOD OF STAY/EXTENSION OF STAY
Period of Stay
Athlete - Time needed to complete the event,
competition or performance, not to exceed 5 years
–Increments of up to 5 years in order to continue or complete the
event, competition or performance.
limited to 10 years.
Group - Time needed to complete the event,
competition or performance, not to exceed 1 year
Increments of up to 1 year in order to continue or complete the event,
competition or performance.
Support Personnel - Time to complete
the event, activity, or performance, may not exceed 1 year
of up to
5 years in order to continue or complete the event, competition or
Total stay is limited to 10 years
additional information on extension of status for P-1 nonimmigrant
individual athletes and P-1 essential support personnel see the USCIS memos: “Procedures
for Applying the Period of Authorized Stay for P-1 Nonimmigrant
Individual Athletes” and “Procedures
for Applying the Period of Authorized Stay for P-1S Nonimmigrant
Individual Athletes’ Essential Support Personnel."
The Form I-129 is used to apply for a change of status, extension of
stay, or change of employment.
For more information see “Extend
my Stay” and “Change
my Nonimmigrant Status” pages
CHANGE OF EMPLOYER
You may change
but only after your new employer has filed a new Form I-129 with USCIS
requesting permission to employ you and extend your stay. You may not
commence employment with the new employer until the Form I-129 has been
FAMILY OF P-1A VISA HOLDERS
children under the age of 21 may obtain P-4 status. Your
dependents may not engage in employment, but may attend school or
ESSENTIAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL
Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P-1 athlete
(team) and who perform support services which cannot be readily
performed by a U.S. worker, are eligible for P-1 classification.
Support personnel may include coaches, scouts, trainers and other team
officials and referees.
The U.S. employer must file a separate Form I-129
personnel. The petition must include the following documents:
consultation from an from an appropriate labor organization with
expertise in the area of the support person’s skill
statement describing the support person’s prior and current
essentiality, critical skills and experience with the P-1 athlete (team)
copy of a written contract between the employer and the support person
or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the support
person will be employed
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