The P-1 visa is one of the non-immigrant visas that allows individual, team athletes or members of the entertainment industry to visit the US temporarily. P-1A is for those who want to demonstrate at a specific athletic competition as an athlete or as a fellow of a performing group. It requires a globally standard level of continued performance. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.

The US P-1A visa applies for Individual or Team Athlete, or Member of an Entertainment Group.

Source: U.S. Department of State

You will be eligible if you are coming for temporarily to the United States just for the purpose of demonstrating at some athletic competition as:

  • An individual athlete at an internationally documented level of performance;
  • A Part of a group or team at an internationally recognized level of performance;
  • A professional athlete;
  • An athlete or coach of a team or franchise that is sited in the United States.

The P-1A visa might also be appropriate for professional or amateur athletes coming temporarily to the United States just to perform in a scheduled theatrical ice-skating production or tour, separately or as part of a group.

The P-1S visa is for highly skilled essential support people who are an fundamental part of the fruitful performance of a P-1A individual athlete or team.

For more information, see our P-1A Athlete page.

Source: U.S. Department of State

How to apply for P-1A Visa?

The athletes or entertainers are unable to start the application themselves. The athletes must be sponsored by a U.S employer or organization to perform or participate at a specific competition. So, the first step is for the U.S employer or sponsor to petition to the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and get an approval.

Source: U.S. Department of State

You must have your whole set of documents with you when you apply for your P1 visa.

Some of the basic documents include:

  • Your approved petition with the Form I-797
  • Letter from your employer highlighting the details of your performance and schedule of events.
  • Signed up contract with your employer or sponsor
  • evidence that you as a person or associate of a team of athletes or entertainers are nationally or internationally recognized
  • If you are bringing your dependents family members with you, you must submit separate applications for them and submit all required documents.
Source: U.S. Department of State

The visa application fee for the P-1A athlete visa is $460.

Source: U.S. Department of State

The visa interview will be finalised by a U.S Embassy official. You must go on time and bring your documents. The interviewer will question about your background and your genuine purpose of going to the U.S. You must answer perfectly and convince the visa officer that your intention is not to overstay in the US but to participate in the event. The visa officer will ask your critical questions to find out if you will return back to your country after the event is done. You must present yourself strongly that you will definitely come back after the event.

The P1A visa is considered the best visa selection for an athletic team, group, or individual athlete to compete in particular competitions in the United States. But, in certain occasions, applicant or athlete may be better served by an O1A visa provided that he or she can meet the more widespread eligibility requirements.

Because of the complication of the P1 petitioning procedures, petitioners are well instructed to read all guidelines of the P1 visa. Wrong way of visa submission will end us in visa rejection. Petitioners may also consult with immigration attorneys for ultimate guidance.

Source: U.S. Department of State