Filing the P1 Petition
A P1 petition is filed on USCIS Form I-129
, along with the Form I-129O/P
supplement. Your P1 visa petition must include:
Written contract between your group and the U.S. employer or agent, or, if there is no written contract, a thorough description of your oral agreement
An explanation of the event and its itinerary
Athletes and athletic teams must submit at least two of the following documents:
Records of previous participations in a major U.S. sports league
Records of participation on a national team at international events
Records of participation to a significant extent in a prior season with a U.S. collegiate team
Statements from official governing bodies of the sport outlining international recognition of the athlete or athletic team
Statements from recognized experts in the sport and members of the sport media outlining international recognition of the athlete or athletic team
Evidence of the athlete's high rank in sports which use ranking systems
Evidence of significant awards the athlete or the athletic team has received
Artists and Entertainment Groups must submit at least two of the following documents:
Records of the group's participation in internationally reputed events
Record of group's international recognition as shown by reviews in papers, trade journals, etc.
Recognition of group's achievements by leaders in the field
Record of group's commercial success
Records which show that the group commands a significantly high salary compared to others in the field
If you are overseas, the USCIS will notify the consulate nearest to your permanent residence. You must take the P1 approval notice to the American Consulate to obtain the P1 visa. If you are already in the U.S., you can start working for your employer as soon as you receive the approval for a change of status.
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Premium Processing of the P1 Visa
You may have your P1 petition adjudicated within 15 calendar days by applying for premium processing.
For an additional fee of U.S. $1,225, the USCIS guarantees a prompt decision on your P1 petition. You will receive either an approval notice, a request for further evidence, a notice of intent to deny the petition, or a notice of investigation for fraud or misrepresentation within 15 calendar days from the date you applied for premium processing of your P1 visa. If the USCIS fails to respond within 15 calendar days, it will refund the $1,225 fee and continue to process the petition under the expedited process.
Applying for the P1 Visa at an American Consulate
To apply for the P1 visa, you must furnish the original or a copy of the Notice of Action, Form I-797A or B (the approval notice forwarded to your employer when the petition is approved). Your visa application must include the following documents:
A copy of your passport which is valid for at least six months beyond the period of stay in the U.S. and with at least one blank page
Passport style color photograph showing full face without head covering against a light background. You may wear a headdress if required by a religious order of which you are a member
A letter from your U.S. employer detailing your position and a statement that you possess skills essential to the performance of the job offered