P1S, P2S, P3S Essential Support Personnel

Nonimmigrant individual essential support personnel must obtain P-1S, P-2S, P-3S visas. Support personnel may include coaches, scouts, trainers and other team officials and referees.

Initial period of stay for essential support personnel may not exceed one (1) year. Total period of stay of essential support personnel is limited to ten (10) years. 

The U.S. employer must file separate petitions for support personnel. The petition must include the following documents:

  • A consultation from an from an appropriate labor organization with expertise in the area of the support person’s skill
  • A statement describing the support person’s prior and current essentiality, critical skills and experience with the P-1 athlete (team)
  • Statement describing the support person’s prior and current essentially, critical skills and experience with the P-2 artist or entertainer
  • A statement describing the support person’s prior and current essentially, critical skills and experience with the P-3 artist or entertainer

A copy of a written contract between the employer and the support person or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the support person will be employed