The P-1 classification is for foreign athletes or entertainment group members coming either to perform at a specific athletic competition individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance, or as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding for a sustained and substantial period of time. P-1 workers are admitted for up to one year and may renew in one year increments.
A. P-1A Internationally Recognized Athlete
Individual athletes are eligible for P-1A visas if they are coming to participate in individual events, in which they are internationally recognized with a high level of achievement as evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered in the field. Athletic team members are also eligible for P-1A visas if they are coming to the United States to participate in team events and have achieved significant international recognition. Individuals applying for P-1A classification must submit a written advisory option (consultation letter) from an appropriate labor organization, a contract with a major U.S. sports league, team or an individual contract, projected itinerary, and evidence of international level of achievement.
B. P-1B Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group Member
Members of internationally recognized entertainment groups may apply for P-1B visas. The entertainment group must have been recognized internationally as outstanding in their field for a sustained period of time. With certain exceptions, at least 75 percent of the group members must also have had a substantial and sustained relationship with the group for at least one year. P-1B visa cases require a written advisory option (consultation letter) from an appropriate labor organization, a contract between the U.S. petitioner and the foreign group members, projected itinerary, evidence that the group has been performing for at least one year and evidence of internationally recognized level of achievement.