An individual athlete will typically be granted the time needed to complete the event, competition or performance, but not to exceed 5 years. Extensions may then be granted in increments of up to 5 years, in order to continue or complete the event, competition, or performance. Please note that the total stay may not to exceed 10 years. However, upon completion of the 10-year period, a P-1 holder may file a new petition, depart the U.S. and obtain a new 5-year period. This 10 year limit has led some athletes to seek O-1 visas, which do not have a time limit. Please visit our O-1 PAGE for more information.