Memphis Athlete and Artist Immigration Attorney

Lawyers Helping Performers, Scientists, and Teachers Obtain Nonimmigrant Visas in Shelby County

The United States provides many opportunities for people to work and earn an income. However, before foreign citizens can come to the U.S. to work, they must obtain a temporary work visa. While a number of visas exist for specialty and seasonal workers, there are also visas available for those with "extraordinary abilities." If you fall into this category, Douglass & Runger, Attorneys at Law, can help you understand your best options for applying and obtaining the visa that applies to your situation. We assist with:

O Visas

These nonimmigrant visas allow people with extraordinary ability or achievement to work in the U.S. on a temporary basis. They include:

  • O-1A Visas - For scientists, educators, businesspeople, or athletes who have received national or international acclaim or have expertise that places them in the top level of their field.
  • O-1B Visas - For artists or people in the television or movie industry who have achieved a high degree of skill or received a high level of distinction as one of the leading practitioners of their field of arts.
  • O-2 Visas - For people who accompany holders of O-1 visas and provide essential assistance in their work or activity.
  • O-3 Visas - For spouses or children of O-1 or O-2 visa holders.

O visas allow a person to stay in the United States for up to three years, after which they can be extended in increments of one year.

P Visas

These nonimmigrant visas allow athletes, artists, and entertainers who meet certain criteria to work in the U.S during an event, competition, or performance. They include:

  • P-1A Visas - For internationally recognized athletes or athletic teams with a high level of achievement.
  • P-1B Visas - For members of internationally recognized entertainment groups who have achieved a high degree of skill and recognition. At least 75% of the members of the group must have had a substantial involvement in the group for at least one year.
  • P-2 Visas - For artists or entertainers (including both individuals and groups) who are entering the U.S. to perform as part of a government-recognized reciprocal exchange program.
  • P-3 Visas - For artists or entertainers (including both individuals and groups) who are coming to the U.S. to perform or teach as part of a culturally unique or traditional performance or presentation and participate in one or more events to further the understanding of their art form.

P visas generally allow a person or group to stay in the United States for up to one year, and their stay can be extended in one-year increments. Individual athletes may stay in the U.S. for up to five years, and their stay can be extended for up to five more years, for a maximum total stay of 10 years.

Contact a Bartlett, TN Immigration Attorney

The requirements and application procedures for these types of nonimmigrant visas can be very complicated. If you are planning to come to the United States temporarily to work as an athlete, actor, filmmaker, artist, performer, scientist, or teacher, or if you are an employer, agent, or colleague looking to bring this type of foreign national people or group to the U.S., Douglass & Runger can work with you to meet your requirements and help you obtain the visas you need. Contact our Shelby County immigration lawyers at 901-388- 5805.

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