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P-1 Visa Attorney in San Francisco

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A P-1 visa allows individuals to travel to the United States to showcase their talents. Whether it be a circus act, a sports team, or an entertainment company, this type of visa provides short-term access to the U.S. Allow the professional team at The Law Office of Zhang to provide you with the proficient legal assistance you need.

Please give us a call today at (415) 761-2732 to learn more about P-1 visas. Our San Francisco immigration lawyer is also fluent in Mandarin and serves Spanish speaking clients upon request.

Who Qualifies for a P-1 Visa?

Generally speaking, P-1 visas are often given to sports teams and athletes that have gained international fame. Additionally, entertainment acts that have been recognized for a long time are often the recipients of this type of visa. It is important to note that only the performers in an entertainment act qualify for a P-1 visa and not the support personnel or stagehands.

USCIS defines "entertainers" as individuals who:

  • Have gained an international reputation for their talents
  • Have performed together for at least one year, with some exceptions
  • Are able to show evidence of their acclaims, such as prizes, awards, or reviews

What Qualifies as an "Athlete?"

In order for an athlete to be eligible for a P-1 visa, they must be internationally acclaimed for their athletic talents. If they belong to a team, the applicant must show proof of their employment, such as a contract. Other supporting documents include proof of participation in an international sporting event, a written letter from a major sports league or governing body confirming the individual's participation, and national and international athletic awards. When it comes to P-1 visas, it is highly recommended that you contact our San Francisco immigration attorney at The Law Office of Zhang.

Call us today at (415) 761-2732 to learn how our legal team can assist you.


  1. Turnaround time for the cases are quick - no time is wasted
  2. We provide step-by-step guidance along the way
  3. Big firm expertise, small firm focus
  4. High success rate on complex immigration cases
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