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USCIS issues guidance on P-1S visa validity period

  1. Original Date Announced

    May 9, 2019

    In Policy Alert AFM PA-2019-03, USCIS updates Adjudicator's Field Manual to clarify the period of authorized stay for essential support personnel (P-1S) of individual athletes (P-1A). While the initial validity period of a P-1 petition for essential support personnel is limited to 1 year or less, the validity period of an extension of stay of essential support personnel of a P-1A individual athlete may thereafter exceed one year, provided (1) the purpose is to continue or complete the same event or activity for which they were admitted, and (2) it does not exceed the period of time necessary to complete the event, not to exceed 5 years, or a total period of stay of 10 years. [ID #762]

    Policy Alert (AFM): Initial Period of Authorized Stay for P-1S Nonimmigrant Individual Athlete's Essential Support Personnel
  2. Effective Date

    May 9, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Non-Immigrant Visas
Agencies Affected: USCIS

Pre Trump-Era Policies


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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