P-1 Visa Lawyer

Visa for Athletes

The P-1 Visa is for internationally recognized athletes who are coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition individually or as part of a team.

Categories of athletes that qualify for the P1 Visa include, but are not limited to:

  • Soccer players
  • Football players
  • Basketball players
  • Tennis players
  • Race drivers

P1 Visa Requirements

A P-1 Visa petition must include a consultation from an appropriate labor organization. The consultation must describe the work or services to be performed in the U.S. and the athlete's qualifications in his or her field. Also, a copy of the contract with a major U.S. sports league or team must be included with the Form I-129 petition.

Moreover, the petition must contain evidence of at least two of the following criteria:

  • Evidence of participation in a prior season with a major U.S. sports league
  • Evidence of participation in international competitions with a national team
  • Evidence of participation in a prior season for a U.S. college competition
  • A letter of recommendation from an official of a major U.S. sports league of the sport that states that the athlete is internationally recognized
  • A letter of recommendation from a member of the sports media or a recognized expert in the sport explaining the reasons and the extent of the athlete international recognition
  • Evidence of the athlete's international ranking in his or her sport
  • Evidence of receipt of a significant prize or award in the field

The P-1 is a non-immigrant Visa, but it allows dual intent. In other words, a P-1 Visa holder can seek to obtain a Green Card while in the P-1 status.

The P-1 Visa is granted for a maximum period of 5 years, and can be renewed. The spouse and children of a P-1 Visa holder can come to the U.S. with a P-4 Visa.

Contact a New York Immigration Lawyer today for more information on the P-1 Visa for athletes

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