O and P Arts, entertainment, sports, cultural, extraordinary contributors in field
The O and P nonimmigrant status applies to individuals (and groups) of extraordinary ability or record of extraordinary achievement in arts and entertainment, science, athletics, education and business. Examples: performers in international theater productions, athletes playing for professional sports teams, participants in international science, business and cultural programs, plus essential support staff.
- O-1A: individuals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business or athletics
- O-1B: individuals of extraordinary ability in the arts, film or television industries
- O-2: accompanying essential staff/personnel
- O-3: spouse or children of O-1s and O-2s
- P-1A: internationally recognized athletes
- P-1B: internationally recognized entertainment groups; individual foreign artists performing as member of U.S. based performing arts group
- P-2: performer or group in reciprocal exchange program
- P-3: culturally unique performers or performing arts groups; also teachers and coaches
- Petitioner files Form I-129, Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker
- Petition must include documentation germane to each classification
Period of Stay
- Period of stay and extensions vary by classification
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