P-1 Artists, Athletes, and Entertainers
Generally, the P-1 visa is suitable for individual or team athletes that are internationally recognized. This means a high level of achievement, evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered so that the achievement is renowned or well known in more than one country. The athlete must enter the US to participate in a competition, event, or performance. This includes promotional appearances and can also include several seasons.
There are several types of P visa holders:
A P-1 is a person who enters the U.S. 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 performance, or
- Perform with, or as an integral and essential part of the performance of, an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as being outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time, and who has had a sustained and substantial relationship with the group (ordinarily for at least 1 year) and provides functions integral to the performance of the group.