Member of an
Recognized Entertainment Group
applies to you if you are coming to the United States temporarily to
perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized
internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and
substantial period of time.
At least 75
percent of the
members of your group must have had a substantial and sustained
relationship with the group for at least one year.
must be internationally recognized, having a high level of achievement
in a field evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially
above that ordinarily encountered. The reputation of the group, not the
individual achievements of its members or the acclaim of a particular
production, is essential.
entertainers not performing as part of a group are not eligible for
this visa classification.
Provisions for Certain Entertainment Groups
and essential circus personnel are exempt the one year requirement and
the internationally recognized requirement. The
alien or aliens must be coming to join a nationally recognized circus.
Certain nationally known entertainment groups may
internationally recognized requirement waived if they can establish
they have been recognized nationally as outstanding in its discipline
for a sustained amount of time in consideration of special
I-129, Petition for a Non-Immigrant Worker accompanied by the
appropriate fee and supporting documentation.
Please note that if you are a petitioner who will be filing as an agent
for multiple employers you must establish that you are duly authorized
to act as an agent. The required conditions can be found in
the USCIS memorandum “Requirements
for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa
consultation from an appropriate labor organization regarding the
nature of the work to be done or a statement proving that the group has
been established and performing regularly for a period of at least one
year (If no appropriate labor organization exists, this requirement is
Form I-129 must include the following documents:
consultation from an appropriate labor organization
with the dates and locations of the performances
copy of the contract between the petitioner and the beneficiary or
summary of terms of the oral agreement under which the beneficiary will
that your group has been established and performing regularly for at
least one year
from the petitioner listing each member of the group and the exact
dates for which each member has been employed on a regular basis by the
that your group is internationally recognized as outstanding in the
discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time as
demonstrated by evidence of your group's receipt of, or nomination for,
significant international awards or prizes for outstanding achievement
in the field, or evidence of at least three of the following:
group has performed and will perform as a starring or leading
entertainment group in production or events which have a distinguished
reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity
releases, publications, contracts, or endorsements
group has achieved international recognition and acclaim for
outstanding achievement in its field as evidenced by reviews in major
newspapers, trade journals, magazines or other published material
group has performed and will perform services as a leading or starring
group for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished
reputation as evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals,
publications, or testimonials
group has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed
successes, as evidenced by indicators such as ratings, box office
receipts, record, cassette or video sales, and other achievements as
reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications
group has received significant recognition for achievements from
critics, organizations, government agencies or other recognized experts
in the field
group has commanded and will command a high salary or other substantial
remuneration for services comparable to others similarly situated in
the field, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence
APPLYING FOR A VISA AT A U.S. EMBASSY OR
Once the visa petition is 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
complete the event, competition or performance, not to exceed 1 year
of up to
1 year in order to continue or complete the event, competition or
The Form I-129
is used to
apply for a change of status, extension of stay, or change of
the "Extend Your
Stay” and “Change
my Status” pages on USCIS.gov.
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-1B 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 college.
ESSENTIAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL
Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P-1
entertainer(s) and who perform support services which cannot be readily
performed by a U.S. worker, are eligible for P-1 classification.
Support personnel include front office personnel, camera operators,
lighting technicians and stage personnel.
file a separate Form I-129 for support personnel. The petition must
include the following documents:
consultation from an appropriate labor organization
statement describing the support person’s prior and current
essentially, critical skills and experience with the P-1
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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