The P-1 visa, or entertainment visa, allows foreign nationals who are athletes, entertainers, or artists to enter the United States for a specific event or performance.
Entertainers (though not athletes) entering the U.S. under a P-1 visa must be performing as part of a group, not individually. Anyone in the U.S. on a P-1 visa is allowed to accept payment for their performance, and to compete for prize money in their athletic events.
A foreign national in the U.S. on a P-1 visa is allowed to go to school part time.
There are no travel restrictions for a P-1 visa: the performer/athlete may travel anywhere in the U.S., and may leave the U.S. and reenter.
The visa can be extended by up to 5 years, for a total maximum duration of 10 years.
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Last Modified: 11-08-2012 02:35 PM PST