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P-1A Visa Internationally Recognized Athlete

P-1A Classification

  • Temporary visit to the United States as an individual athlete or part of a group or athletic team.
  • Should have internationally recognized level of performance.

Individual Athletes Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be coming to the United States to participate in individual event, competition or performance in which you are internationally recognized with a high level of achievement.
  • Internationally recognized means “a high level of achievement evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered, to the extent such achievement is renowned, leading or well known in more than one country”.

Athletic Teams Eligibility Criteria

  • You must be coming to the United States to participate in team events and must have achieved significant international recognition in the sport.
  • The event in which your team is participating must be distinguished and require the participation of athletic teams of international recognition.
  • An athletic team may be as few as 2 persons.