P Visa (Athletes, Artists, and Entertainers)
What is a P visa?
A P visa is for certain athletes, artists and entertainers who wish to live and work temporarily in the United States. To begin the application process, the future employer must file a Form I-129 (Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker) in the United States with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the Department of Homeland Security. If approved, the USCIS will mail the petitioner a Form I-797 (Notice of Action). The beneficiary may then apply for a P visa at the United States Embassy in Caracas.
P-1 Visa (Internationally Recognized Athletes/Entertainers)
An internationally recognized athlete traveling to the United States to compete and his or her essential support personnel require P-1 visas. An internationally recognized entertainer traveling to the United States to perform requires a P-1 visa.
P-3 Visa (Culturally Unique Programs)
An artist or entertainer who is traveling to the United States to perform, teach, or coach under a culturally unique program requires a P-3 visa.
P-4 Visa (Spouse and Children of a P Visa Holder)
Spouses and children under the age of 21 can receive P-4 visas to travel with or follow-to-join the principal alien in the United States.
For a more complete explanation of these and other permissible P activities, please see 9 FAM 41.56.
How do I apply for a P visa?
Once you have received your approved Form I-797, follow the steps belowto apply for a P visa at the Embassy:
Step 2: Please refer to the Visa Information Service webpage, select Non-Immigrant Visa and follow the on-screen instructions.
Also, check our website for information about security procedures and getting to the Embassy.
What documents are required in order to apply for a P visa?
Every P visa applicant must provide the following documents:
- Confirmation page of the DS-160.
- A valid passport. If the passport is damaged, you must obtain a new passport before applying for a visa.
- A color photograph. The photograph must be 5 cm x 5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches), full frontal view of shoulders and face, against a white background. If you have been unsuccessful in uploading one to the DS-160, you may wish to have photos taken at the kiosk on the Embassy grounds.
- The original, photocopy or facsimile copy of the Notice of Action Form I-797A, B or C, if the beneficiary of a petition.
What other documents may be required for P visa applicants?
Applicants for a P visa should be prepared to provide the following additional documents at the visa interview:
- Evidence of the work that qualifies you for the visa (for example, newspaper articles, medals or badges from competitions or events, photos from events, books or articles published).
- Evidence of your current employment, such as pay stubs, an employment letter, or work contract, and evidence of your educational background, such as a copy of your diploma.
- Prior visas and previous passports.