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P-1B, A Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group

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


Eligibility Criteria


At least 75 percent of the members of the group must have had a substantial and sustained relationship with the group for at least one year. The group must be internationally recognized, and have a high level of achievement in a field which is evident by a degree of skill and recognition, substantially above the ordinarily encountered. The reputation of the group as a whole is essential.


Special Provisions for Certain Entertainment Groups


Alien circus performers and essential circus personnel are exempt from the one-year requirement, and the internationally recognized requirement. The aliens must be coming to join a nationally recognized circus.


In certain cases, nationally known entertainment groups may have the internationally recognized requirement waived if they can establish that they have been recognized nationally as outstanding in its disciple for a sustained amount of time in consideration of special circumstances.


Initial Period of Stay


Time needed to complete the event, competition, or performance. Not to exceed one year.


Extension of Stay


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


Family of P-1B


Spouses and unmarried children under the age of 21 may obtain P-4 status. Dependents may not engage in employment, but may attend school or college.


Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of P-1 entertainers and who perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S worker, are eligible for P-1 classification.

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