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P Visas, Culturally Unique Visas

P Visas

P Visas are primarily for persons, groups, or teams who are seeking to temporarily enter the United States for the purpose of competing, performing or working in their culturally unique field of endeavor.

Specifically, P classifications are reserved for the following types of events:

P-1A – This classification is reserved for those persons or group of persons who would like to come temporarily to the United States to perform as follows:

  • At a specific competition as an athlete;
  • Individually or as part of a group or team;

The event or events must be internationally recognized levels of performances. There are seven criteria that the government lists of which the P-1 petition must satisfy at least two.

Persons or groups of person who may qualify for P-1A classification include athletes such as soccer players, competitive dancers, wrestlers, ice skaters, ice dancers, baseball, basketball, football, rugby, hockey and lacrosse players, etc.

P-1B – This classification is reserved for those persons who are temporarily coming to the United States to perform as a member of an entertainment group. The group must be internationally recognized as outstanding in its discipline. The recognition must be sustained and have occurred over a substantial period of time.

  • The "75%" rule is applied in these types of cases. The 75% rule states that at least 75% of the members of the group must have had a substantial and sustained relationship with it for at least one year prior to filing for P-1B status.

Usually groups that involve entertainment, singing, performing, orchestras, dance troupes, etc., may qualify for this classification.

P-2 – This classification is applicable to individual performers or part of a group of performers who will enter the United States temporarily to perform under a reciprocal exchange program. The reciprocal exchange program must be recognized by the government and take place between an organization in the US and an organization in another country.

P-3 – This status is also known as the "culturally unique" classification. This classification applies to those person or groups of persons, who wish to enter the United States temporarily to perform, teach, or coach artists or entertainers within a program that is classified as culturally unique.

Examples of culturally unique classification includes Argentine tango dancers, flamenco dancers, flamenco guitarists, folk dancers, African drummers, etc.

If you believe you qualify for any of the above categories, please contact us so we can explain the documentation required to meet the classification.


Caterina Ranieri Grasso, Esq. | Call (315) 410-0119

Caterina Ranieri Grasso
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Bousquet Holstein PLLC

110 West Fayette Street
One Lincoln Center, Suite 1000
Syracuse, New York 13202
Phone: (315) 701-6462

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