When seeking visas for entertainers and athletes, the two most common visas considered are the O visa and the P visa. Both visas are nonimmigrant visas that are used for the purpose of coming to the United States to perform a sport or craft. However, there are some important differences to consider when deciding which visa is the right one for you.
An O Visa is available for those individuals who demonstrate extraordinary ability in the fields of sciences, arts, education, business, athletics, film, or television. Applicants for O visas must show that they have national or international acclaim or that they have received internationally recognized awards.
A P visa is available for athletes, entertainers, entertainment groups, and culturally unique artists. For athletes applying for a P visa, it must be demonstrated that the individual has a level of skill substantially above the ordinary ability for athletes. Entertainers must be internationally recognized.
If you are struggling to decide which visa is right for you, you should consider consulting with an experienced immigration attorney. At Serving Immigrants, we have the knowledge to help you weigh your options and determine which program will serve your needs the best. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a consultation.