Entertainment Industry

P-1 Internationally Recognized Athlete: The P-1 classification applies to you if you are coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance. Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P-1 athlete or team and who perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker, are also eligible for P-1 visas. Support personnel may include coaches, scouts, trainers and other team officials and referees.

P-2 Individual Performer or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program: The P-2 classification applies to you if you are coming temporarily to perform as an artist or entertainer, individually or as part of a group, who will perform under a government recognized reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the United States and an organization in another country. In addition, you must possess skills comparable to those of the United States artists and entertainers taking part in the program outside the United States. Essential support personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P- 2 artist or entertainer and who perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker, are also eligible for P-2 visas. Support personnel may include stagehands, trainers, or those persons having critical knowledge of the specific services to be performed.

P-3 Culturally Unique Artist or Entertainer: For a P-3 visa, you must be coming to the United States temporarily either individually or as a group for the purpose of developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation. In addition, you must be coming to the United States to participate in a cultural event or events which will further the understanding or development of your art form. Essential support personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P- 3 artist or entertainer and who perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker, are also eligible for P-3 visas. Support personnel may include coaches, scouts, trainers and other team officials and referees.