P Visas for Athletes

Who qualifies for an P visa?

The P visa is another visa available for athletes, as well as for members of entertainment groups. In general, P visas are appropriate for group artists and athletes entering the US on trips of limited duration. More specifically, the P visa may be issued to a foreign national who is temporarily coming to the US:

to perform individually or as part of a team at an athletic competition with an internationally recognized level of performance;
to perform with an entertainment group that has been internationally recognized in its field, provided the individual has had at least a one-year relationship with the group as a performer or provides functions integral to the performance
to perform in a reciprocal exchange program between a US organization and 1 or more foreign exchange organizations that provide for the exchange of artists and entertainers; or
to perform, teach or coach as an individual or part of a group on a program that is culturally unique.
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