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P-1 classification applies to an alien who is coming temporarily to the United States:
(1) To perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance, or
(2) To perform with, or as an integral and essential part of the performance of, an entertainment group that has been recognized internationally as being outstanding in the discipline for a sustained and substantial period of time, and who has had a sustained and substantial relationship with the group (ordinarily for at least 1 year) and provides functions integral to the performance of the group.
Internationally recognized is defined as “[h]aving a high level of achievement in a field evidenced by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above that ordinarily encountered, to the extent that such achievement is renowned, leading, or well-known in more than one country.”
Certain exceptions may apply. Ony 75% of group members must have had a sustained and substantial relationship with the group for at leat a year. 25% of group members need not have had such a relationship. There are certain exceptions to alien circus peronnel. There are others as well if requirements are met.
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