P Visa

Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers

INA § 101(a)(15)(P); 8 CFR §214.2(p)

The P visa is a temporary work visa for foreign-based athletes, artists and entertainers.  There are 4 P visa classifications:

  • P-1 applies to individual or team athletes, or members of an entertainment group (P-1B) that are internationally recognized. A maximum of 25,000 P visas are issued annually.
  • P-2 applies to artists or entertainers who will perform under a reciprocal exchange program.
  • P-3 applies to artists or entertainers who perform under a program that is culturally unique.
  • P-4 is for the spouse or child of a P-1, P-2, or P-3 alien and who is accompanying, or following to join, the alien.