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USCIS Clarifies Period Of Authorized Stay For P-1S Essential Support Personnel Of Individual Athletes

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated

its Adjudicators Field Manual to emphasize that, under

current regulations, the periods of initial authorized stay are

different for individual athletes (P-1A visa) and their essential

support personnel (P-1S visa).

The P-1S classification is for “Essential Support

Personnel” who are an integral part of the performance of a

P-1 individual athlete, and who perform support services that

cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker.

  • Under existing DHS regulations, P-1Aindividual athletes have an initial period of authorized

    stay of up to 5 years, while their P-1S essential support personnel

    have an initial authorized stay limited to the period of

    time necessary to complete the sporting event, but not to exceed 1


  • USCIS also may authorize visaextension petitions for P-1S essential support personnel for a

    period necessary to complete the event, not to exceed 5 years, for

    a total period of stay not to exceed 10 years.

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