P Visas

/ Non-immigrant visas

P visas are non-immigrant visas that are designed for foreign nationals who are athletes, entertainers, artists, or individuals who are part of an internationally recognized entertainment group or team. These visas allow individuals to come to the United States temporarily to perform or participate in their respective fields. There are several categories of P visas.


P-1A Visa

This category is for internationally recognized athletes who come to the United States to compete at a specific athletic competition as an individual or part of a team. It includes athletes in professional and amateur sports.


P-1B Visa

The P-1B category is for internationally recognized entertainers and artists, including members of entertainment groups, who come to the U.S. to perform.


P-2 Visa

This category is for artists or entertainers who perform as part of a reciprocal exchange program between the United States and another country.


P-3 Visa

The P-3 category is for culturally unique artists or entertainers who come to the U.S. to perform, teach, or coach in a culturally unique program, performance, or presentation.


P-4 Visa

This category is for the spouses and dependent children of P visa holders.

Key points about P visas include:

  • To qualify for a P visa, applicants must demonstrate that they are internationally recognized in their field, have a job offer or performance engagement in the United States, and meet specific criteria for their category;
  • P visas are typically granted for the duration of the specific event or performance, and they can be extended as needed;
  • P visa holders are typically allowed to work only in the specific field for which they were granted the visa;
  • P visa sponsors, such as U.S. employers or organizations, are responsible for the visa application process and for ensuring that the visa holders meet the necessary requirements.
The P visa program is designed to promote cultural exchange and international recognition in the fields of athletics, entertainment, and the arts.

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