A P-1A visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to athletes who are coming to the United States to participate in their sport. If you are an athlete or the representative of an athletic team, then the P-1A visa is designed for you. However, there are some important requirements in order to qualify for a P-1A visa.
The P-1A visa was designed for individual athletes or teams who can demonstrate international recognition and distinction in their sport. An experienced immigration attorney can help you establish your record of recognition. When filing a petition, it will be necessary to include paperwork demonstrating that you or your team are known in more than one country as a highly-qualified member of your sport.
Along with your petition, you must include a number of different documents. You will need a written strategy session from a sport-appropriate labor organization. The strategy session is an advisory opinion discussing the athlete or team’s distinctions and supporting a claim of international recognition. You will also require a copy of your contract with a United States sports league or team or with an internationally recognized event. You should also include a copy of your itinerary and an explanation of the event. In addition, you must include two of the following:
If you are applying for a P-1A visa, an experienced immigration attorney can help you put together a complete application. At Serving Immigrants, Inc., we have the experience and the knowledge to guide you through the process. Contact us online or call us at (305) 907-6151 to schedule a strategy session.