Individual Performer or
Part of a
Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program
applies to you if you are coming temporarily to perform as an artist or
entertainer, individually or as part of a group, who will perform under
a reciprocal exchange program between an organization in the United
States and an organization in another country.
You must be an
entering the United States through a government recognized reciprocal
exchange program. In addition, you must possess skills comparable to
those of the United States artists and entertainers taking part in the
program outside the United States.
In order for
qualify for a P-2 Visa, a sponsoring labor organization in the United
States, or your U.S. employer must file Form I-129, Petition for a
Non-Immigrant Worker. For more information about the Form, 129, see the “Form
1-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker” page on USCIS.gov.
petitioner who will be filing as an agent for multiple employers must
establish that it is duly authorized to act as an agent. The
required conditions can be found in the USCIS
for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa
The Form I-129 must include the following documents:
consultation by an appropriate labor organization
of the formal reciprocal exchange agreement between the sponsoring U.S.
organization(s) and the organization(s) in a foreign country which will
receive the United States artist or entertainer
from the sponsoring organization describing the reciprocal exchange of
United States artists or entertainers as it relates to the specific
petition for which classification is sought
that you and the U.S. artist or entertainer subject to the reciprocal
exchange agreement are artists with comparable skills and that the
terms and conditions of employment are similar
that an appropriate labor organization in the United States was
involved in negotiating, or has concurred with, the reciprocal exchange
of U.S. and foreign artists or entertainers.
Note: If the
events or performances will take place in multiple areas, an itinerary
submitted. The itinerary must list the dates and locations of the
APPLYING FOR A VISA AT A U.S. EMBASSY OR
Once the visa
approved, you can apply at a U.S. embassy or
consulate. For more information on visa application
processing and issuance fees, see the Department of State's “travel.state.gov” page.
PERIOD OF STAY/EXTENSION OF STAY
Period of Stay
complete the event, competition or performance, not to exceed 1 year
of up to
1 year in order to continue or complete the event, competition or
Form I-129 is
apply for a change of status, extension of stay or change of employment.
my Stay” and “Change
my Nonimmigrant Status” pages on USCIS.gov.
CHANGE OF EMPLOYER
You may change
but only after your new employer has filed a new Form I-129 with USCIS
requesting permission to employ you and extend your stay. You may not
commence employment with the new employer until the Form I-129 has been
FAMILY OF P-2 VISA HOLDERS
children under the age of 21 may obtain P-4 status. Your dependents may
not engage in employment, but may attend school or college.
ESSENTIAL SUPPORT PERSONNEL
personnel who are an integral part of the performance of a P- 2 artist
or entertainer and who perform support services that cannot be readily
performed by a U.S. worker, are eligible for P-2 classification.
Support personnel may include stagehands, trainers, or those persons
having critical knowledge of the specific services to be performed.
file a separate Form I-129 for support personnel. The petition must
include the following documents:
from an appropriate labor organization
describing the support person’s prior and current essentially, critical
skills and experience with the P-2 artist or entertainer
of a written contract between the employer and the support person or a
summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the support
person will be employed.
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