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P-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Can I apply for extension of stay on P-1 work visa?

Yes, you may apply for P-1 visa extension:

  • P-1 individual athlete and essential support personnel may be authorized to extend stay for a period up to five years for a total period of stay not to exceed ten years
  • Other P-1, P-2, P-3 foreign nationals and support personnel may be authorized to extend stay in increments of one year to continue or complete the same event or activity for which admitted

Can I study on P-1 work visa?

Yes, you may engage in part time study on P-1 visa.

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Are there any travel restrictions on P-1 visa?

No, there are no travel restrictions on P-1 visa. You may travel in and out of the U.S. as long as your visa stamp and status are valid.


What are the documents required for P-1 petition for athletes or athletic team?

The petition filed by a U.S. employer must include:

  • Tendered contract with major U.S. sports league or team or one commensurate with international recognition and
  • Any two of the following:
  • Significant participation in a prior season in majors
  • International competition with national team
  • Significant participation in a prior season for U.S. college or university or intercollegiate competitions
  • Written statement from U.S. official in sport about athlete or team's international recognition
  • Written statement from expert or sport's media as to international recognition team or individual ranking
  • Significant honor or award in sport
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