The P-2 Visa is for artists and entertainment groups that seek to perform in the U.S. through a government recognized reciprocal exchange program between a U.S. and a foreign organization. Essentially, the P-2 visa enables a temporary exchange of artists/entertainers (with comparable skills) between the U.S. and another country.
Spouses and unmarried children under age 21 may accompany or join the P-2 visa holder in P-4 visa status.
P-2 Quick Facts
- P-2 visa requires sponsorship by a U.S. sponsor (organization, company or agent).
- P-2 visa is issued for the period required by the individual/group to complete the program but cannot exceed a year. The sponsor may apply for an extension of stay if required.
- A P-2 petition must include a copy of a formal reciprocal exchange agreement between the U.S sponsoring organization and the foreign country receiving the artists/entertainers.
- P-2 visa holders may apply for a green card (permanent residence).
- Spouses and children under age 21 are eligible for P-4 visa but are not allowed to work. P-4 visa holders may attend colleges and school.
P-2 Visa Process
- Our firm applies for and obtains the appropriate advisory opinion on behalf of the sponsoring organization.
- We review the required reciprocal agreement to ensure compliance with P-2 regulations.
- Next, we file the P-2 petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with all required supporting documents.
- Once the petition is approved, the applicant artist, entertainer or entertainment group applies for the visa at the U.S. consulate abroad.