USCIS announced that, effective immediately, the agency will start accepting copies of negative consultation letters that come directly from labor unions for future P nonimmigrant visa petitions. In order to petition for the P visa classification, you will need a consultation letter from a U.S. labor organization that covers the following:
- Essential Support Personnel
How Does the P Visa Process Work?
Petitioners must submit the necessary P visa consultation with their petition. The process for this requirement has not changed. Because labor unions voiced concerns that some consultation letters were forged by petitioners and submitted to USCIS as no-objections or favorable consultations, when they were actually negative, USCIS decided it would start accepting copies of negative consultation letters for O visa petitions. The agency has since expanded this to cover P visa petitions. With this new change, labor unions can now send copies of a negative O visa petition or P visa petition consultation letters directly to USCIS to be compared with the consultation letter submitted by the O or P petitioner.
The following individuals can petition for P nonimmigrant visas if they are coming to the U.S. temporarily to:
- Perform as an athlete at an athletic competition. The athlete can be competing individually or as part of a group or team. The competition must be an internationally recognized level of performance. Examples of P athletes include internationally recognized athletes, professional athletes, amateur athletes or coaches, and professional or amateur athletes performing in a theatrical ice skating production under the COMPETE Act.
- Perform as part of an internationally recognized entertainment group. The group must be outstanding in its discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time.
- Perform as an artist or entertainer under a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the U.S. and an organization in another country. The performer can be solo or part of a group.
- Perform, teach, or coach as artists or entertainers under a program that is culturally unique.
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