P-1 Visas are given to persons who perform as an athletes or who performs with or are an integral part of an entertainment group. P-2 visas are given to individuals who perform as artists or entertainers either as part of a group or individually and are entering the US to perform under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization or organizations in the US and one or more foreign organizations. A P-3 visa governs the entry of performers and integral members of the team who need to enter to perform, teach or coach in a culturally unique program.
In order to apply for a P visa to the US, a petition must be filed by a US employer, sponsor, established agent, or foreign employer through a US agent. In some instances, petitions may be filed by the US union involved in the exchange program. Petitions can take a substantial amount of time to process, but “premium processing” services are available for additional fee. Upon receipt of the approved petition, a Canadian can apply for entry directly at the port of entry. All other nationals will be required to apply for a visa at a US visa post prior to entry.
For further information with respect to US and Canadian immigration or to find out if you or a company employee is eligible for temporary or permanent relocation to Canada or the US, we invite you to contact our experienced immigration lawyers and attorneys by contacting the Bomza Law Group at:
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