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The P1S/P2S/P3S visa checklist below provides a general idea of what is usually needed for the essential support staff of P1/P2/P3 visa workers to obtain their P1S/P2S/P3S work visa. To have a better understanding of this list, please read the P1S/P2S/P3S visa overview for the details on the requirements and documents of the P1S/P2S/P3S visa.  


Please click to download the P1S/P2S/P3S visa checklist for the essential support staff for P1/P2/P3 visa workers.


The P1S/P2S/P3S visa is for the essential support staff of P1/P2/P3 visa workers. The P1S/P2S/P3S visa is not a stand-alone visa petition and cannot be filed without a P1/P2/P3 visa worker (i.e., athlete, artist, entertainment group). 

Alternatives to the P1S/P2S/P3S Visa Petition

The closest alternative to a P1S/P2S/P3S visa is an O2 visa. The O2 visa is for essential support staff of O1A visa workers (who are persons with extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, or athletics), O1B visa workers (who are persons with extraordinary ability in the arts), or O1B MPTV visa workers (who are persons with extraordinary achievements in the motion picture and television industry).

Another possible alternative to filing a P1S/P2S/P3S visa petition would be to file for a green card petition which is a permanent immigrant visa and not a temporary work visa like the P1S/P2S/P3S visa. For more on green cards gained through work, please read the overview for employment-based green cards. 

If you have a P1S/P2S/P3S work visa (support staff of P1 visa workers, P2 visa workers, or P3 visa workers) immigration question, please fill out our contact us form or send us an email with some basic information about your background and your immigration needs. We will do our best to respond within 48 hours.

How we can help?

Kylie Huang Law’s immigration attorney will help identify whether the P1S/P2S/P3S visa is the appropriate nonimmigrant visa category for the client’s (or the client’s beneficiary’s) professional background and if there are other visa options for the client (or the client’s beneficiary). We will work closely with our client to prepare a convincing case for their (or it’s) P1S/P2S/P3S visa petition and we will also strategize on how the P1S/P2S/P3S visa petition should be presented to achieve the best chances of approval. It is strongly advised and common practice to retain an immigration attorney for a P1S/P2S/P3S work visa petition due to the complexities in the immigration process and visa requirements.

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