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P-1B A Member of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group

The P-1B classification applies to the person who is  coming to the United States temporarily to perform as a member of an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time.At least 75 percent of the members of the group must have had a substantial and sustained relationship with the group for at least one year.Your entertainment group must be internationally recognized, having a high level of achievement in a field evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered. The reputation of the group, not the individual achievements of its members or the acclaim of a particular production, is essential.

Note: Individual entertainers not performing as part of a group are not eligible for this visa classification.

Essential Support Personnel

Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P-1 entertainer(s) and who perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker, are eligible for P-1 classification. Support personnel include front office personnel, camera operators, lighting technicians and stage personnel.

The U.S. employer must file a separate Form I-129 for support personnel. The petition must include the following documents:

A consultation from an appropriate labor organization

A statement describing the support person’s prior and current essentially, critical skills and experience with the P-1 entertainer(s) 

A copy of a written contract between the employer and the support person or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the support person will be employed

Last modified on: Mon, 2014-03-31 10:56