Generally, this classification allows you to work in the U.S. if you have earned international recognition to compete in an athletic event, either individually or as part of a team, or if you are an entertainment group who will perform in the U.S.
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-3 petitions, 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.