Work Visas

P-1B Visas

A Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group.

What is the P-1B Visa?

The P-1 classification allows qualified performers as a part of a group, to come to the US temporarily to perform.

Who qualifies for a P-1B Visa?

Only internationally recognized performers qualify. The entertainment group must be distinguished by high awards on the international level. The USCIS is looking for such recognition that is substantially above ordinary entertainers. The reputation of a group as a whole is important, not the individual achievement of each member.
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How is it different from P-3 visa?

Some entertainers, especially from the European countries may not qualify for P3 visas. The American culture is very similar to the European culture that makes most European performers not culturally unique. For example, Rock bands, classical music performers, circus workers, etc. Such beneficiaries will have a hard time showing cultural uniqueness. The P-1A category does not require the performers to be culturally unique. However, it requires International Recognition.

How to Demonstrate International Acclaim?

“Internationally recognized” in the law means “having a high level of achievement in a filed evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinary encountered to the extent that such achievement is renowned, leading, or well-known in more than one country.” These requirements can be shown by providing evidence that the group was nominated for significant international awards, that it received international awards or prizes.

How To Get a P visa to perform in the US (TIPS for Artists, Musicians, P-1, P-2, P-3 visas)

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The alternative is to 3 out of 6 specifically enlisted categories.

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One last thing is that Individual entertainers not performing as part of a group are not eligible for this visa classification. It has to be a group. Please reach out to our team with questions about P1 visas or any other immigrant or visa category and will be happy to help you learn more about it.

How To Get a P visa to perform in the US (TIPS for Artists, Musicians, P-1, P-2, P-3 visas)

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