U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated

its Adjudicators Field Manual to emphasize that, under

current regulations, the periods of initial authorized stay are

different for individual athletes (P-1A visa) and their essential

support personnel (P-1S visa).

The P-1S classification is for “Essential Support

Personnel” who are an integral part of the performance of a

P-1 individual athlete, and who perform support services that

cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker.

  • Under existing DHS regulations, P-1A

    individual athletes have an initial period of authorized

    stay of up to 5 years, while their P-1S essential support personnel

    have an initial authorized stay limited to the period of

    time necessary to complete the sporting event, but not to exceed 1


  • USCIS also may authorize visa

    extension petitions for P-1S essential support personnel for a

    period necessary to complete the event, not to exceed 5 years, for

    a total period of stay not to exceed 10 years.

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