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P-2 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is P-2 visa?

The P-2 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign troupes or bands to enter into the U.S. and perform as part of an exchange program.


How do I qualify for P-2 visa?

To qualify for P-2 visa, you must be coming temporarily to the U.S. to perform as an entertainer or artist. You may be coming as:

  • Part of a group, or
  • Individually as part of a reciprocal exchange

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What privileges do I enjoy on P-2 visas?

On P-2 visa, you may:

  • Enter the U.S. and perform for payment or prize money
  • Engage in part time study
  • Apply for visas for accompanying essential support personnel
  • Apply for P-4 visas for dependents

What are the limitations of P-2 visa?

The limitations of P-2 visa are:

  • You may work for multiple employers, however, each employer must file a separate Form I-129
  • P-2 programs must be reciprocal in nature
  • Dependents are allowed to stay in the U.S. with you, but may not work

How long can I stay in the U.S. on P-2 work visa?

You may be allowed to stay in the U.S. for up to one year on P-2 visa.

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