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O&P Visas

Attorneys Helping You Come to NYC with an O or P Visa

Travel and work authorization for celebrities and athletes

It is easy to overlook that celebrities, professional athletes and other people of extraordinary ability are still subject to the same laws and rules as everyone else. This includes U.S. immigration regulations. Fortunately, the law recognizes that people of this type frequently travel widely across the world and that the nature and purpose of their trips may not always be compatible with the typical visa programs in place. For this reason, U.S. immigration law has created a number of special O and P visa programs for athletes, entertainers and other people of extraordinary ability. Our NYC attorneys at the law firm of Bretz & Coven, LLP have dealt extensively with these rare types of visas. We can assist celebrities, promoters and managers in navigating the complex immigration process with minimal delay and hassle.

Visa programs for performing artists and other of extraordinary ability

Because O and P visas are much less common than other types of visas, they also can be much more subjective and complex. However make no mistake, no matter how famous the visa applicant, O and P visa problems can and do arise, especially without the assistance of an experienced NYC attorney. Our team can help you avoid these problems by complying with the limitations and requirements of these O and P visa programs:

  • O-1A visas for people of extraordinary achievement
  • O-1B visas for actors
  • O-2 visas for support personnel
  • O-3 visas for spouses and children
  • P-1A visas for athletes
  • P-1B visas for entertainers
  • P-2 visas for reciprocal exchange performers
  • P-3 visas for culturally unique artists

Qualifying for a special O or P visa

The O and P visa programs are very restrictive and limited to those who have risen to the tops of their respective fields as evidenced by recognition within that community, including a written consultation between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and the relevant peer group or labor organization in many circumstances. Entertainment groups must have international recognition and stable membership, with at least three-quarters of their members remaining associated with the group for at least the previous year.

These applications are very subjective and require at least 45 days for review and processing. The evidence required to support an O or P visa application can be voluminous in some instances, including itineraries, curriculum vitae, statements from leagues, labor organizations or other international governing bodies, contracts and other supporting documentation.

Contact us for help procuring a special visa

Our attorneys at the NYC law offices of Bretz & Coven, LLP are adept at assisting internationally prominent individuals across a variety of fields in navigating the O and P visa processes. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City today at 212-267-2555 or online for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems.  For an office appointment in Metro Park, New Jersey, call 1 (732) 313-0075.

Immigration Consequences of Criminal and Fraudulent Conduct
The immigration consequences of criminal or fraudulent conduct can be harsh and often illogical. Even a very minor offense could have a dramatic immigration consequence, including deportation, detention without bond, being denied naturalization, a visa or re-entry into the United States. Likewise, the use of fake or fraudulent documents, aliases, and other misrepresentations can have similar immigration consequences. Kerry Bretz and Bretz & Coven have been counseling non-citizen criminal defendants, as well as their lawyers, for over 20 years. We have a long history of strategizing deportation and removal defenses, as well as applications for waivers, in very complicated cases.

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