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Friday, December 13, 2013

US P-1B Visa

America is the capital of world entertainment. All of the biggest stars are on show in the USA so, for a performer, visiting the country can be a dream come true. We have been helping people to turn their immigration dream into a reality since 1996, and our team of dedicate immigration specialists are here ready and waiting to help you too. Our unrivalled insight into the immigration process means that our clients get the very best results each and every time.

The P-1B classification applies to a client coming temporarily to perform as a member of a foreign-based entertainment group that been recognised internationally as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time. This person also must have had a sustained and substantial relationship with the group (ordinarily for at least one year) and/or provide functions integral to the group’s performance.

This visa is a non-immigration visa, meaning that it is not seen as a view to permanent residency. Should you want to live and work for a longer period in the US, please take our free assessment to see what visa types are available to you.

We would expect to have your case processed within a few months. The fees which are currently charged for processing are around a few hundred dollars, or there is a premium service which costs a few thousand dollars. Both the price and length of processing are determined by the US immigration authorities, as such we are unable to affect either of these.

Eligibility Criteria
You will be required to obtain a written advisory opinion from the appropriate labour organisation which evaluates the person’s or group’s ability, comment on their international recognition and state whether services being performed are appropriate for an internationally recognised entertainment group.  Additionally, you will need a statement that the group has been established and performing regularly for at least one year. Evidence the group is internationally recognised as outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time as demonstrated by evidence of the group’s receipt of, or nomination for, significant international awards or prizes for outstanding achievement in the field, or evidence of at least three of the following:

- The group has performed and will perform as a starring or leading entertainment group in production or events which have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by critical reviews, advertisements, publicity releases, publications, contracts, or endorsements.

- The group has achieved international recognition and acclaim for outstanding achievement in its field as evidenced by reviews in major newspapers, trade journals, magazines or other published material. -The group has performed and will perform services as a leading or starring group for organisations and establishments that have a distinguished reputation as evidenced by articles in newspapers, trade journals, publications, or testimonials.

- The group has a record of major commercial or critically acclaimed successes, as evidenced by indicators such as ratings, box office receipts, record, cassette or vide sales, and other achievements as reported in trade journals, major newspapers or other publications.

- The alien has received significant recognition for achievements from critics, organisations, government agencies or other recognised experts in the field in which the alien is engaged, with the testimonials clearly indicating the author’s authority, expertise and knowledge of the alien’s achievements.

-The group has commanded and will command a high salary or other substantial remuneration for services comparable to others similarly situated in the field, as evidenced by contracts or other reliable evidence.

If the events are set to take place in multiple areas, an itinerary must be submitted with the visa petition. The itinerary must set forth the dates and locations of the events.