P Visa: Support Personnel

P Visa: Support Personnel

Support personnel of P visa holders can get a P visa if they are highly skilled essential support personnel and are an integral part of the successful performance of a P1, P2 or P3 visa worker. Support personnel must perform support services that can’t be readily performed by a U.S. worker. Essential support personnel may be coaches, scouts, trainers, and other team officials.

Support personnel must have appropriate qualifications and critical knowledge to perform their services. They must also have experience in providing support to the P1, P2, or P3 visa worker. 

The petition is valid for the duration needed to complete the P-1, P-2 or P-3 Visa holder’s event, activity, or performance, but may not exceed 1 year.

Documents for Petition

The petition for support personnel must be filed in conjunction with the petition for the principal P visa holder. 

You need to submit the following documents specifically for support personnel, in addition to the general set of documents required for all P visa applicants.

  • A statement describing the alien’s prior and current essentiality, critical skills, and experience with the principal alien

  • Copy of a written agreement between the employer and the alien or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the alien will be employed

Petitions for P visa support personnel must be filed separately. It can’t be included in the petition of the primary P visa holder.

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