If you are an athlete who has been recognized for your skills and abilities, you may be eligible to come to the United States to perform at a specific athletic competition or event. Both athletes entering the U.S. to perform individually and those coming to this country as a part of a team may obtain a P-1A visa. However, you must meet specific eligibility criteria in order to come to the U.S. on the basis of your participation in an athletic event.
Miranda & Weisman knows the ins-and-outs of qualifying for a P-1A visa and we can help athletes, their managers, or organizers of athletic events who are interested in taking advantage of this short-term visa. Call today, 410-321-4994, to speak with a P-1A visa lawyer and learn how we can help aliens showcase their athletic abilities within the United States.
Athletes may qualify for P-1 classification if they have achieved significant international recognition as an athlete and they are coming to the United States to participate in an event, competition or performance. The athlete must have achieved a high degree of recognition and exhibit skill that significantly surpasses ordinary individuals. Generally, athletes must be renowned or well-known in multiple countries in order to qualify for a P-1A visa.
Athletes who come to the United States as part of a team can also obtain P-1A classification if the team has achieved significant international recognition and if the team is participating in a distinguished athletic event that is internationally recognized.
In order for a qualifying athlete or team member to come to the United States, an employer must file a Form I-129 Petition for Non-Immigrant Worker. Appropriate documentation must accompany the application in order to demonstrate that the athlete or team meets the P-1A visa requirements.
Supporting documents may include:
These are just some of the different types of supporting documents that may be used in order to obtain a P-1A visa.
A Maryland immigration lawyer can provide invaluable legal services to immigrants seeking to come to the U.S. on a short-term or long-term basis. P-1A visas often involve time-sensitive situations and approval of the visa application is important to ensure that it is possible for an athlete to achieve his dreams and share his talent.
Miranda & Weisman understands the high stakes of P-1A visa applications and we can put our legal experience to work at every aspect of applying for an obtaining a visa to participate in an athletic event in the United States. Call today to speak with a member of our legal team and learn how we can assist you. You can call our office at 410-321-4994, or send us an email online.