Foreign athletes who perform at an internationally recognized level and would like to travel temporarily to the United States (U.S.) to perform at a specific athletic competition or event may apply for a P-1A visa.
To apply for this visa classification, a P-1A applicant must provide the following documents:
- All duly completed immigration forms
- A written consultation from an appropriate labor organization
- A copy of the contract with a major U.S. sports league or team or a contract in an individual sport commensurate with international recognition in the sport, if such contracts are normally utilized in the sport
- An explanation of the event and itinerary
The applicant must also demonstrate at last 2 of the following:
- Participation to a significant extent in a prior season with a major United States sports league
- Participation to a significant extent in international competition with a national team
- Participation to a significant extent in a prior season for a U.S. college or university in intercollegiate competition
- Written confirmation from an official of a major U.S. sports league or an official of the governing body of the sport which details how you or your team is internationally recognized
- Written confirmation from a member of the sports media or a recognized expert in the sport which details how you or your team is internationally recognized
- International ranking
- Significant honor or award in the sport
The initial period of stay granted to P-1A visa holders depends on the nature of their participation in the event and the time needed to complete it. Individual athletes may stay for the time required to complete the event, not to exceed 5 years, and may extend their P-1A status up to a total stay of 10 years; athletic groups may stay for the time required to complete the event, not to exceed 1 year, and may extend their P-1A status in increments up to 1 year; essential support personnel may stay for the time required to complete the event, not to exceed 1 year, and may extend their P-1A status in 5-year increments up to a total stay of 10 years.
P-1A visa holders may bring their spouses and children under 21 years of age to the United States in P-4 visa classification. Qualified P-4 holders are not allowed to work in the U.S but have permission to attend school or college.
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Gold Law Group assists clients with a wide variety of business-related immigration matters including P-1A visas. If you a foreign internationally recognized athlete interested in applying for a P-1A visa please call 323.394.1281 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.
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