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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