Generally, this classification allows you to hire employees or contract with those who have earned international recognition to compete in an athletic event, either individually or as part of a team. P-1 status is also available for entertainment groups who will perform in theUnited States. P-2 status is appropriate for reciprocal exchange entertainment groups. P-3 status is available for entertainment groups who provide culturally unique performances. P-1, P-2, and P-3 status is also available for essential support personnel accompanying the P principal to assist with athletic events or entertainment performances. Spouses and dependent children of Ps are eligible for P-4 status in the United States but are ineligible to apply for work authorization.
A P-1 petition on behalf of an individual athlete may be approved for up to five years; the athlete is eligible for another extension of five years, and there is a lifetime maximum of 10 years. P-1 petitions on behalf of athletic teams and entertainment groups, P-2 petitions, P-3petitions, and petitions on behalf of essential support personnel may be approved for the time period necessary to complete the event or for one year, whichever is less. Extensions may be granted for longer-term events or performances. There is currently no annual limit on P visa numbers.