Part N - Athletes and Entertainers (P)

Resources

Legal Authorities

8 CFR 103.3(a)(2) - AAO appeals

8 CFR 214.1(c)(5) - Decision in Form I-129 or I-539 extension proceedings

8 CFR 214.2(p) - Artists, athletes, and entertainers

8 CFR 214.2(p)(1)(ii)(A)(1) - Description of classification

8 CFR 214.2(p)(2)(ii)(D) - Evidence required to accompany a petition for a P nonimmigrant

8 CFR 214.2(p)(4)(i) - Types of classification

8 CFR 214.2(p)(4)(ii)(A) - General criteria and documentary requirements for P-1 athletes

8 CFR 214.2(p)(4)(ii)(B) - Evidentiary requirements for an internationally recognized athlete or athletic team

8 CFR 214.2(p)(4)(iii) - Form of documentation

8 CFR 214.2(p)(4)(iv) - Other filing situations

8 CFR 214.2(p)(7) - Consultation

INA 101(a)(15)(P) - Extraordinary ability in arts or athletics as part of a group

INA 101(a)(15)(P)(i) - Definition of P-1 nonimmigrant

INA 204(i) - Definition of Professional Athlete

INA 214(a)(2)(B) - Admission (Stay)

INA 214(c) - Admission of nonimmigrants

INA 214(c)(1) - Importing Employer

INA 214(c)(4) - Petition of Importing Employer

INA 214(c)(4)(A) - Petition of importing employer

INA 214(c)(4)(A)(i)(I) - Petition of importing employer for athlete at an internationally recognized level of performance

INA 214(c)(4)(A)(ii)(I) - Petition of importing employer

INA 214(c)(5)(B) - Return Transportation

INA 214(c)(6) - Consultation Requirement

Pub. L. 102-110 (PDF) - Armed Forces Immigration Adjustment Act of 1991

Pub. L. 109-463 (PDF) - COMPETE Act of 2006

Appendices

No appendices available at this time.

Updates

Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Alien”

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “alien” with “noncitizen” or other appropriate terms throughout the Policy Manual where possible, as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].

POLICY ALERT - Additional Guidance Relating to P-1A Internationally Recognized Athletes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is issuing policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to update and clarify guidance for internationally recognized athletes (P-1A nonimmigrants).

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Technical Update - Incorporating Existing Guidance into the Policy Manual

This technical update is part of an initiative to move existing policy guidance from the Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) into the Policy Manual. This update does not make major substantive changes but consolidates and incorporates existing AFM guidance into the Policy Manual, streamlining USCIS’ immigration policy while removing obsolete information. This guidance replaces Chapter 33 of the AFM, related appendices, and policy memoranda.

POLICY ALERT - Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements Final Rule

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revising its policy guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual to align with the Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements Final Rule, published in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. This guidance becomes effective October 2, 2020. For information regarding implementation, see Appendix: 2020 Fee Rule Litigation Summary.

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Technical Update - Moving the Adjudicator’s Field Manual Content into the USCIS Policy Manual

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is updating and incorporating relevant Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) content into the USCIS Policy Manual. As that process is ongoing, USCIS has moved any remaining AFM content to its corresponding USCIS Policy Manual Part, in PDF format, until relevant AFM content has been properly incorporated into the USCIS Policy Manual. To the extent that a provision in the USCIS Policy Manual conflicts with remaining AFM content or Policy Memoranda, the updated information in the USCIS Policy Manual prevails. To find remaining AFM content, see the crosswalk (PDF, 327.05 KB) between the AFM and the Policy Manual.

Technical Update - Replacing the Term “Foreign National”

This technical update replaces all instances of the term “foreign national” with “alien” throughout the Policy Manual as used to refer to a person who meets the definition provided in INA 101(a)(3) [“any person not a citizen or national of the United States”].