P-1 Athletes and Entertainers

At Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C., we focus on the critical strategic immigration planning and timing considerations for athletes and entertainers to allow for their timely admission to the U.S. to compete or perform on already established schedules. We welcome you to contact us regarding P-1 nonimmigrant visa status for athletes and entertainers.

Sports and entertainment are both exceedingly popular in the U.S., so it should come as no surprise that U.S. immigration law includes provisions for the temporary entry to the United States of athletes and entertainers.

Admissible athletes include those who individually, or as part of a group or team, perform at an internationally recognized level of performance; individuals who qualify under the U.S. immigration law definition of a “professional athlete”; persons who perform as an athlete, or as a coach, as part of a team or franchise that is located in the United States and a member of a foreign league or association of 15 or more amateur sports teams; or one who is a professional athlete or amateur athlete who performs individually or as part of a group in a theatrical ice skating production. In all of these instances, the person must seek to enter the U.S. temporarily and only for the purpose of performing in the specific athletic competition or theatrical ice skating production or tour.

Admissible entertainers include an individual who performs with or is an integral and essential part of the performance of an entertainment group that, absent a special waiver allowing national recognition, has been recognized internationally as being outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time; and a performer or entertainer who, absent special circumstances, has had a sustained and substantial relationship with that group – ordinarily for at least one year – and provides functions integral to the performance of the group. In each instance, the person must seek to enter the U.S. temporarily and solely for the purpose of performing as a performer or entertainer or as an integral part of a performance.