Overview of the P-1B Visa
January 19, 2024

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P-1B is a classification of visa that would allow you to enter and stay in the United States temporarily (not exceed 1 year) to perform as a member of an entertainment group. Even though the visa only has 1-year validation, it is allowed to be renewed annually. There are two essential criteria for intend applicant(s) to be qualify for the P-1B visa:

  • The group you are in must be internationally recognized;
  • At least 75% of your group members must have had a substantial and long-term relationship with the group for at least 1 year.

​The key point for a successful application for P-1B visa is to demonstrate the qualification of the group you belong to. Evidence that your group is internationally recognized as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time as demonstrated by evidence of your group's receipt of, or nomination for, significant international awards or prizes for outstanding achievement in the field, or evidence of at least three of the following:

  • Your group has performed and will perform as a starring or leading entertainment group in production or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts, or endorsements
  • Your group has achieved international recognition and acclaim for outstanding achievement in its field as evidenced by reviews in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines or other published material
  • Your group has performed and will perform services as a leading or starring group for organizations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials
  • Your group has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes, as evidenced by indicators such as ratings, box office receipts, record, cassette or video sales, and other achievements as reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications
  • Your group has received significant recognition for achievements from critics, organizations, government agencies or other recognized experts in the field
  • Your group has commanded and will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services comparable to others similarly situated in the field, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence

Note that Individual entertainers not performing as part of a group are not eligible for this visa classification. If you are a solo entertainer, P-1B would not be appropriate for you.Our law offices have been successful assisting many clients obtaining P-1B visas. The  Approval Notice below is one of our recent approvals. In this specific case, we filed the petition on June 14, 2017, our client’s petition was approved within 13 days. With the knowledge and experience of our attorneys , your application process would be just as easy! For more information, please call to schedule your consultation : 213-375-8096.

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