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The P-1 classification is applicable to aliens entering 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 performance.

 

Individual Athletes Eligibility Criteria

 

A recognized athlete can file for a P-1A visa if they are looking to participate in an individual event, competition, or performance where they are internationally recognized with a high level of achievement. This achievement must be evident by a degree of skill and recognition that is substantially above the ordinarily encountered, so that their achievements are well known in more than one country.

 

Athletic Teams Eligibility Criteria

 

If the athlete is coming to participate in team events, the team must have achieved significant international recognition in the sport. The event must be distinguished and require participation of athletic teams of international recognition.

 

Initial Period of Stay:

 

Individual Athlete - time needed to complete the event, competition, or performance. Not to exceed 5 years.

 

Athletic Group - time needed to complete the event, competition, or performance. Not to exceed 1 year.

 

Essential Support Personnel- time needed to complete the event, competition, or performance. Not to exceed 1 year.

 

Extension of Stay

 

Individual Athlete: Increments of up to 5 years in order to continue or complete the event, competition or performance. Total stay is limited to ten years.

 

Athletic Group: Increments of up to 1 year in order to continue or complete the event, competition or performance.

 

Essential Support Personnel: Increments of up to 5 years in order to continue or complete the event, competition or performance. Total stay is limited to ten years.

 

Family of P-1A Visa Holders

 

Spouse and unmarried children may obtain P-4 status. Dependents may not engage in employment, but may attend school or college.

 

Essential Personnel

 

Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of 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.