Congratulations! Your group just received an invitation to tour the U.S. and will be performing at some of the most prestigious venues in the country.
However, before you book your flights and hotels, call us. The law firm of Joe Adams and Associates can prepare and submit the appropriate visa applications to the U.S. government and assist you through visa processing at the U.S. consulate.
The P-1 Visa Allows Performing Groups To Enter The United States
The U.S. immigration and visa application process is extremely complex. If you make a mistake, the consequences can have a lifetime effect on your future travel plans to the U.S. — even as a tourist. Additionally, because you will be traveling as part of a group, it is imperative that everyone in the group is able to enter the U.S. together.
We are highly experienced at preparing visa applications for performing groups, athletes and artists and will ensure that all members are eligible to enter the U.S. before we file an application. We will discuss any potential problems with you and try to resolve them upfront.
Applying to enter the U.S. is a two-step process, either of which can go wrong without an attorney assisting you. First, we will file a well-documented application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It can take weeks or months to receive a decision on the application, making it important to file as soon as possible when you know your tour dates.
After approval, you will go to the U.S. consular section at the U.S. embassy to obtain your visa. Here you will have an interview to determine your eligibility for a visa, even if the USCIS has already approved your application. The officers at the consular office have the ability to deny your visa application for many reasons and have no duty to inform you why.
Can U.S. Passport Control Refuse To Let Me In, Even If I Have A Visa?
Yes, the officer at the border or at the airport can refuse to let you enter. What many people do not understand is that an approval from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services does not guarantee that you will be allowed to enter the U.S. upon arrival at the airport or land border.
You can be refused entry for many reasons, including:
- Overstaying a previous visit
- Working without authorization
- Failing to apply for the proper visa category
- Having the intent to remain in the U.S. permanently
- Nondisclosure of an event that would have affected the approval of the visa application
Contact Our Los Angeles P-1 Lawyer
It is essential to have an attorney help you through this process. Having us help you can help to prevent this nightmare from happening. Remember, the government has three opportunities to challenge your application and delay an approval.
To maximize your chance of approval with USCIS and the U.S. Department of State consular officers, and maximize your chance of being able to enter the U.S. when you arrive at the border, you should hire an attorney.
Contact us by email or call 800-448-5383 to arrange a consultation before making any travel reservations. We can prepare visas for athletes and teams, as well as visas for artists and support staff needed for artistic exhibitions.