Everything You Need to Know About a P1-A Immigration Visa

What is a P-1A Visa?

The P-1A visa strictly applies to applicants coming temporarily to the U.S. for the sole purpose of participating in an athletic competition as an individual athlete that is internationally recognized as a leader in their sport. Individuals may also apply as part of a sports team that is internationally recognized. Athletes may apply if they are:

  • A professional athlete; or
  • An athlete or coach, as part of a team or sports franchise that is located in the United States and a member of a foreign league or association.
  • P-1A visa status also pertains to professional or amateur athletes admitted temporarily to the U.S with the sole purpose of performing in a theatrical ice-skating event or tour, both individually and as part of a group or team.

Athletes that receive P-1A visa status may also be followed by their spouse and unmarried children that are under the age of 21. These individuals may obtain P-4 nonimmigrant status, a status that does not permit them to work or be employed in the United States but they may attend school or college.  Essential support personnel are eligible to enter the United States. These individuals will be classified under the P-1S visa status. They can only be admitted if they are an integral part of the performance of a P-1 visa holders and may perform support services that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker. Support personnel may include scouts, trainers, broadcasters, referrers, coaches, linesmen, umpires, team members, and interpreters.

How do I receive a P-1A Visa?

P-1A Visa applicants must be one of the following:

  • Theatrical Ice Skaters
  • Amateur Athletes or Coaches
  • Professional Athletes
  • Internationally Recognized Athletic Teams
  • Internationally Recognized Individual Athletes

Internationally Recognized Individual Athletes must be coming to the U.S. to take part in an athletic competition in a sport in which they are internationally recognized. Individuals are labeled internationally recognized if they have advanced achievement in their sport. This achievement must be demonstrated by a high level of ability and commendation well above that ordinarily encountered in their sport. Their achievement must be illustrious, leading, or well-known in more than one country. The athletic competition that the applicant wishes to take part in in must have a prominent reputation and requires the participation of internationally recognized athletes.

Internationally Recognized Athletic Teams that are applying for P-1A visa status must come to the United States to participate in a distinguished athletic competition with a team that, as a unit, has achieved international recognition in the sport. The competition in which the team is participating in must have a recognized reputation and require the participation of internationally recognized athletic teams.

To be admitted to the United States as a professional athlete under the P-1A visa, the application must be coming to the United States to be employed as an athlete by:

  • A recognized sports team that is a member of an organization of 6+ professional sports clubs whose combined revenues are in excess $10 million USD per year. The association must govern the conduct of its teams and athletes. It must also regulate the tours, “games”, and exhibitions in which its member teams regularly engage; or
  • Any minor league team that has an affiliation with such an organization.

Amateur Athletes must be coming to the United States to participate in a performance as an athlete or coach as a member of a sports team or franchise that has locations in the United States and is a member of a foreign sports league or organization. The foreign league or organization must meet the following requirements:

  • The league or organization must have at least 15 amateur sports clubs or teams; 
  • By participating in the sports league players must temporarily or permanently be rendered impermissible under National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) guidelines to:
    • Receive an educational scholarship for sports at a United States college or university; or
    • Participate in their sport at a U.S. college or university;
  • The league or organization must be the ultimate level of amateur performance of that sport in the applicant’s country; and
  • A significant number of the athletes who partake in contests in the league or organization are drafted by a major sports team or organization, as well as a minor league affiliate.

Theatrical Ice Skaters must be coming to the United States to participate in a specific theatrical ice skating production or tour as a professional or amateur athlete who performs individually or as part of a group.

Need an P-1A Athlete Visa Proposal?  Cervitude IR has helped hundreds of attorneys and clients of attorneys develop a proposal for their P-1A Athlete Visa application.  See the full pricing for our visa business plans and proposals and learn more about our immigration visa business plan & proposal writing service.  The process is simple, you pay according to the timeline you would like the visa business plan delivered.  Then simply fill out the questionnaire below and Cervitude IR will complete the P-1A Athlete Visa Proposal in the time you have chosen.  Need more information, contact us today.

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What is the criteria to obtain an O-1 visa?

In our last post, we briefly went over what an O1 Visa is, in this post, we discuss the requirements for an O1 Visa?

To be considered for qualification of an O-1 visa, the application must have a clearly demonstrated extraordinary ability by continued national or international acclaim. The application must also be only admitted temporarily to the United States to continue work in their designated area of extraordinary ability. The fields in which applicants must hail from 6 specific categories: science, education, business, athletics, motion pictures, and television. The applicant must have a high-level of expertise, clearly indicating that the application is one of a small percentage that has reached the height of their field.

Extraordinary ability in the field of arts means distinction.  Distinction is defined by the USCIS as a means of high level of achievement in the field of the arts evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition significantly above that commonly found, to the extent that the application is prominent, renowned, leading, or well-known in their specific field.

To be considered for receiving an O-1 visa in the motion picture or television industry, the applicant must have demonstrated marvelous achievement that is clearly exemplified by a degree of competence and acclaim significantly above that ordinarily encountered in their field. This must be to the extent the person is recognized as exceptional, celebrated or prominent in the motion picture and/or television field.

A written consultative opinion from a recognized peer group (including labor organizations) or an individual with expertise in the applicants field of ability. If the O-1 application is for an individual with extraordinary accomplishment in motion picture or television, the consultation must come from a suitable labor union or management organization with knowledge and expertise in the beneficiary’s field. If the petitioner can demonstrate that an appropriate peer group, including a labor organization, does not exist, then the decision will be based on the evidence of record.

Need an O-1, O-2, or O-3 Visa Proposal?  Cervitude IR has helped hundreds of attorneys and clients of attorneys develop a proposal for their O-1, O-2, or O-3 Visa application.  See the full pricing for our visa business plans and proposals and learn more about our immigration visa business plan & proposal writing service.  The process is simple, you pay according to the timeline you would like the visa business proposal/plan delivered.  Then a scheduled consultation with a Cervitude Professional will allow Cervitude IR to gather all the information needed.  Need more information, contact us today.
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What are O-1, O-2, and O-3 Visas?

The O-1 nonimmigrant visa was developed for individuals that boast extraordinary ability in education, sciences, arts, business, or athletics. Included in the O-visa classes are also those who have a demonstrated record of exceptional achievement in the motion picture or television industry and have been recognized nationally or internationally for their work.

The O nonimmigrant classification is commonly referred to as:

  • O-1A: individuals with great, proven capabilities in athletics, business, education, sciences (not including the aforementioned arts, motion pictures or television industry)
  • O-1B: applications with a remarkable ability in the arts or extraordinary achievement in the television or motion picture industry
  • O-2: this designation was designed for individuals who will accompany an O-1, artist or athlete, to assist in a specific event or performance.  For an O-1A, the O-2’s assistance must be an “integral part” of the O-1A’s activity. For an O-1B, the O-2’s assistance must be “essential” to the completion of the O-1B’s production. 
  • O-3: people who are the spouse or children of O-1 and O-2 visa holders. 

Need an O-1, O-2, or O-3 Visa Proposal?  Cervitude IR has helped hundreds of attorneys and clients of attorneys develop a proposal for their O-1, O-2, or O-3 Visa application.  See the full pricing for our visa business plans and proposals and learn more about our immigration visa business plan & proposal writing service.  The process is simple, you pay according to the timeline you would like the visa business plan delivered.  Then a scheduled consultation with a Cervitude Professional will allow Cervitude IR to gather all the information needed.  Need more information, contact us today.
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What are the requirements for a TN NAFTA Visa?

In our last post, we briefly went over what a TN NAFTA Visa is, in this post, we discuss the requirements for a TN NAFTA Visa?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) developed specially made economic and trade relationships for the US, Mexico, and Canada. The TN nonimmigrant classification allows skilled Mexican or Canadian citizens to seek limited entry into the U.S. to participate in commerce-related activities at a professional level.

Canadian Citizens

If you are a legal citizen of Canada, you are not obligated by law to apply for a TN visa at a United States  consulate. 

You may prove qualification for TN classification at the time you seek admittance to the U.S. through the presentation of required documentation to a United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer at certain CBP-designated port of entry or at a designated pre-clearance/pre-flight inspection station. You must provide the following documentation to the Customs officer:

  • Proof of legal Canadian citizenship;
  • Letter from your prospective employer describing items including the professional capacity in which you will be employed in the United States. 
  • The purpose of your employment 
  • The length of your stay, 
  • Your pre-existing educational qualifications; and
  • Credentials evaluation (if applicable), together with any fees required.

Mexican Citizens

Unfortunately, if you are a Mexican citizen, then you are required to follow more stringent requirements than your Canadian counterparts. In order to obtain a visa to enter the United States as a TN nonimmigrant, you should apply for a TN visa specifically at a U.S. embassy or consulate in Mexico.  See the U.S. Department of State webpage, “Mexican and Canadian NAFTA Professional Worker.”

More information can be found about the TN NAFTA Visa at the USCIS website. At Cervitude IR, we help attorneys and clients of attorneys put together business plans, proposals and supporting documents for Visa applications.  More information on our  Visa Business Plan writing service can be found here.  Pricing for our immigration visa business plan writing service can be found here.  If you need help putting together a visa business plan, contact us today.

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What is a TN NAFTA Professional Visa?

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) developed specially made economic and trade relationships for the US, Mexico, and Canada. The TN nonimmigrant classification allows skilled Mexican or Canadian citizens to seek limited entry into the U.S. to participate in commerce-related activities at a professional level.

Among the designations of professionals who are permitted to seek admittance as TN nonimmigrants are: 

  • Accountants
  • Engineers
  • Lawyers
  • Pharmacists
  • Scientists
  • Teachers 

You may be eligible for TN nonimmigrant status, if: 

  • You are a citizen of Mexico or Canada;
  • Your profession qualifies under the regulations;
  • The position in the United States requires a NAFTA professional;
  • You have a planned full-time or part-time position with a United States employer organization (i.e. non self employed); and you have the qualifications to practice in the profession in question.

More information can be found about the TN NAFTA Visa at the USCIS website. At Cervitude IR, we help attorneys and clients of attorneys put together business plans, proposals and supporting documents for Visa applications.  More information on our  Visa Business Plan writing service can be found here.  Pricing for our immigration visa business plan writing service can be found here.  If you need help putting together a visa business plan, contact us today.

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Best Practices for Hiring an Investor Relations Firm (Video)

In this vlog about investor relations, we discuss Best Practices for Hiring an Investor Relations Firm.

At Cervitude Intelligent Relations, we help microcap public companies and private businesses with all investor relations aspects; including gaining market support before and after an IPO, reverse merger or public company takeover.  Check out our other blog posts in our Investor Relations 101 series including business plans for investor relationspitch decks for investor relationspress releases for investor relations, corporate and investor relations websites, valuing a public shell company for sale, and check out our YouTube vlogs on our Investor Relations 101 series “Investor Relations 101 : Individual Investor Meetings“, “Investor Relations 101 : In-housing Your IR Team“, “Investor Relations 101 : S.E.C. Form 8K“, and more.

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P-3 Artist or Entertainer Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program Visa Proposal Questionnaire

Need a P-3 Artist or Entertainer Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program Visa Proposal?  Cervitude IR has helped hundreds of attorneys and clients of attorneys develop a proposal for their P-3 Artist or Entertainer Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program Visa application.  See the full pricing for our visa business plans and proposals and learn more about our immigration visa business plan & proposal writing service.  The process is simple, you pay according to the timeline you would like the visa business plan delivered.  Then simply fill out the questionnaire below and Cervitude IR will complete the P-3 Artist or Entertainer Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program Visa Proposal in the time you have chosen.  Need more information, contact us today.


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Investor Relations 101 : The Value of a Public Shell Company for Sale (Video)

In this vlog about investor relations, we discuss The Value of a Public Shell Company for Sale.

At Cervitude Intelligent Relations, we help microcap public companies and private businesses with all investor relations aspects; including gaining market support before and after an IPO, reverse merger or public company takeover.  Check out our other blog posts in our Investor Relations 101 series including business plans for investor relationspitch decks for investor relationspress releases for investor relations, corporate and investor relations websites and check out our YouTube vlogs on our Investor Relations 101 series “Investor Relations 101 : Individual Investor Meetings“, “Investor Relations 101 : In-housing Your IR Team“, “Investor Relations 101 : S.E.C. Form 8K“, and more.

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P-2 Individual Performer or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program Proposal Questionnaire

Need a P-2 Individual Performer or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program Visa Proposal?  Cervitude IR has helped hundreds of attorneys and clients of attorneys develop a proposal for their P-2 Individual Performer or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program Visa application.  See the full pricing for our visa business plans and proposals and learn more about our immigration visa business plan & proposal writing service.  The process is simple, you pay according to the timeline you would like the visa business plan delivered.  Then simply fill out the questionnaire below and Cervitude IR will complete the P-2 Individual Performer or Part of a Group Entering to Perform Under a Reciprocal Exchange Program Visa Proposal in the time you have chosen.  Need more information, contact us today.


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Investor Relations 101 : Policy on Stock Promotions

In this vlog about investor relations, we discuss stock promotion policies, as decribed by OTCMarkets, Inc.  For the link discussed in the video by visiting: https://www.otcmarkets.com/learn/policy-on-stock-promotion

This is a must-read for OTC traded public companies looking to bring investor awareness to their over the counter traded stock.  While we summarize some of the points laid out by OTC Markets, we believe every investor relations agency dealing with penny stocks, micro-cap companies, and all public companies should have this printed and pasted to the wall where any online stock promotion efforts are taking place.

At Cervitude Intelligent Relations, we help microcap public companies and private businesses with all investor relations aspects; including gaining market support before and after an IPO, reverse merger or public company takeover.  Check out our other blog posts in our Investor Relations 101 series including business plans for investor relationspitch decks for investor relationspress releases for investor relations, corporate and investor relations websites and check out our YouTube vlogs on our Investor Relations 101 series “Investor Relations 101 : Individual Investor Meetings“, “Investor Relations 101 : In-housing Your IR Team“, “Investor Relations 101 : S.E.C. Form 8K“, “Investor Relations 101 : The Value of a Public Shell Company for Sale
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