Artists and athletes are an essential portion of healthy cultural exchange. The global community benefits greatly from the work of each country's greatest thinkers and performers. P-2 Visas are issued to troupes or bands entering the U.S. as a part of an exchange program. There should be two organizations involved in this exchange program: one in the US and one abroad.
Can I bring along my family to the United States?
Yes. Your spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 are permitted to accompany you to the United States, under a P-4 status. Are my family members allowed to work? No, work is not allowed for family members under a P visa. They would have to apply for another type of visa based on their own qualifications.
What steps are necessary to obtain a P Visa?
Either the U.S. labor group that negotiated the exchange agreement, the sponsoring organization, or the U.S. employer must file the petition. The petition should be filed with the U.S Consular office or U.S. Embassy or to the branch of the USCIS with jurisdiction over the location where the troupe/band plans to perform. The application forms and relevant documents may be mailed or submitted in person.
Can my agent fill out the application?
A U.S. agent may also file a petition for workers in some cases. This agent may be the employer of the performer, a representative of the employer, or a person authorized to act on behalf of the employer.
What documents are needed?
For the P-2 Visa, you must provide the following documents:
The petitioner must also provide documents that prove that the troupe/band are eligible for the visa. These documents include: