Visa categories such as P-1, p-2, p-3 are for non-immigrants who will come to the United States to do track and field or entertainment.

It may take several months to get a P visa. Fortunately, premium processing is available. P the applicant must use “premium processing” many times in order to reach the event or competition on time. Since such visas are not issued overnight, it is advisable to plan in advance to obtain a p visa.
P visa holders are generally accepted based on a specific competition, event, or performance period. Therefore, it is very important to have a detailed schedule of activities. The longer the schedule of events, the longer the acceptance. Also, if the contract is signed for only 1 year, the authorized stay may be only 1 year, even if the calendar of events is longer than 1 year.

P visa holder may come to the United States temporarily, does not apply for permanent residency application support personnel who intend to leave voluntarily at the end of their authorized stay and may also legally seek to become a permanent resident of the United States.
If the P visa holder is terminated outside of voluntary resignation, the U.S. employer and/or U.S. representative must pay the costs of returning the P visa holder to his country.

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P visa vs O visa
Eligibility standards for the P visa are lower than for the O visa. However, the P visa is limited to certain artists, entertainers and athletes. On the other hand, those visa holders may be engaged in the fields of arts, athletics, business, education, science, or film and television productions.
P visa workers must try to enter the United States temporarily and have a residence they do not intend to leave abroad. O1 visa workers do not have to reside abroad.
That visa usually allows holders to stay longer than the P visa.
P Visa Categories

  • P-1 visa: athlete or member of an athletic team
    Internationally recognized athlete, individually or as part of a group or team
  • P-1 visa: member of entertainment group
    Member of an internationally recognized entertainment group
  • P-2 visa: artists and entertainment in exchange programs
    Artist or entertainer comes to perform as part of mutual exchange program
  • P-3 visa: culturally unique artists and entertainers
    Artists and entertainers come only to perform, teach, or coach as part of a culturally unique program
  • P-4 Visa: Dependents
    Spouse and/or unmarried children under 21 years of age of primary P1, P2, P3 visa holder
  • P Visa: Basic Support Staff
  • Obtain a written consultation opinion from the appropriate Labour Organisation regarding the nature of the work to be done and the qualifications of the P visa worker.
  • P a petition with USCIS to determine visa eligibility.
  • Apply for a P visa at the US Embassy/Consulate.
  • P visa worker enters the United States.

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Extension and stay of the petition
It is possible to file an extension to complete or resume the activity or activity specified in the original petition.
The employer or sponsor must make a request both to extend the validity of the original petition of the P visa employee and to extend the authorized stay of the P visa employee. Form I-129 must be filed and accompanied by a statement explaining the reasons for the extension. The P visa worker must be physically present in the United States at the time of filing for an extension of the stay.
The employer or sponsor will send form I-797, notice of action.
An individual P1 visa holder may extend a period of up to 5 years at a time for a total stay period not exceeding 10 years.
Other P1, P2 and P3 visa holders, including support staff, may receive an extension in 1-year increments to continue or complete the same event or event they have agreed to.