Managing the Immigration Needs of Sports Leagues and Promotions

P-1: Individuals and Teams for Employment Visa

P-1 visa is the often the most appropriate visa for Sports Leagues and Promoters to secure international athletes and pay them. Timing procedures can be critical for P-1 visas for Sports Leagues. The P-1 visa can take two to three months unless Premium Processing is applied to the P-1 Visa Petition


This visa permits certain non-immigrants to visit the united states to seek employment in a unique cultural program or a private enterprise. The visa lasts the length of the program, up to 15 months, and cannot be extended.

P-3: Industry Professionals (Athletic and Training Groups)

To perform, teach or coach under a program that is culturally unique or a traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation. Includes persons providing essential services in support of the above individual.

P-1s Visas: Visas for Coaches, Managers, and Trainers

P-1s visas are appropriate to accompany a successful P-1 petition if there are coaches, managers, and trainers that need to accompany the P-1 visa athlete. P-1s visas are helpful when it is not possible to obtain a visitor visa. Even if the Sports League is not directly employing the coach or manager, who may be in a contractual relationship with the P-1 visa holder, the P-1s petition is still appropriate.