O And P Visas (Sports, Artist And Entertainment Visas)

Two visa categories are for people renowned for their abilities in the worlds of sports and entertainment. Baseball players, tennis stars, ballet dancers, movie directors and supermodels are just some of the profiles of people turning to O and P visas.

There are several kinds of O and P visas:

O-1A visa — for persons of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or sports fields

O-1B visa — for persons involved in the arts, motion picture or television industries

O-2 visa — for persons accompanying for assisting an O-1 artist or athlete

O-3 visa — for spouses of O visa holders and children under 21

P-1A visa — for internationally recognized athletes

P-1B visa — for members of internationally recognized entertainment groups

P-3 visa — for artists or entertainers coming to the U.S. to participate in culturally unique programs

P-4 visas — for spouses of P visa holders and their unmarried children under 21

P-1S, P-2S, or P-3S visas — for essential support personnel for P-1 visa holders

Both the O-1 visa and the P-1 visa are viable paths to obtaining a green card through the EB-1 or E-B2 processes.

The U.S. recognizes the importance of excellence in all these areas, not just their commercial value but their ability to entertain and inspire.


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