Athletic and Entertainment Visas

The O Category:

This category (O-1) is set aside for foreigners with "extraordinary" abilities in the sciences, arts, education, business, entertainment industry or athletics. The U.S. Government permits people with O visas to bring family members or dependents necessary. To qualify for O visa status, the applicant must demonstrate and give proof of sustained national or international acclaim and recognition for achievements in his or her field of expertise. The length of time varies for a foreigner's stay under an O visa. A visit to the U.S. with an O visa depends on the amount of time a person needs to complete an event, performance, scientific project, conference, convention, lecture series, tour, exhibit, business project, academic year, sports season or engagement.

The P Category:

The P visa category covers those entertainers and athletes who cannot qualify under the extraordinary ability standard for the O visa category. This visa is for foreign athletes, individuals and members of teams, who participate at an "internationally competitive" level. The P visa category includes entertainers who have achieved international acknowledgment for a "sustained and substantial period of time." This category is very specific in deciding who qualifies for a P visa. The P visa category is divided into three different categories, each category allowing foreign visitors to stay in the U.S. for a different amount of time.

 

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