P-2, Individual Performer of Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program

The P-2 classification is applicable to aliens coming temporarily to perform as an artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, to perform under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the United States and an organization in another country.

 

Eligibility Requirement

 

Must be an artist entering the United States through a government recognized reciprocal exchange program. The artist must have skills comparable to those of the Untied States artists and entertainers taking part in the program outside the United States.

 

Initial Period of Stay

 

Time needed to complete the event, competition, or performance. Not to exceed 1 year.

 

Extension of Stay

 

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

 

Family of P-2 Visa Holders

 

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

 

Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of P-2 artist or entertained and who perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S worker, are eligible for P-2 classification.

 

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