Can a P-1 visa holder get a green card? Yes, a P-1 visa holder can obtain permanent residence (green card) in the United States. However, it is difficult to do so and generally requires that you meet the requirements of an EB1 Visa, which includes being an athlete with exceptional abilities or having received major international awards for your achievements. If you meet these requirements, you may be able to apply for a green card under the employment-based first preference category.
When your visa expires, remember that you are required to return to your home country. When applying for a P1 visa, applicants must also provide evidence that they plan on leaving the US after their visa validity ends. This could include presenting a job offer from outside the US or proving that you have a current return ticket. It is important to remember that a P-1 visa does not guarantee permanent residence in the US, and it will eventually expire. When this happens, you must abide by the laws and leave the US before your visa expires.
With proper application and evidence of exceptional ability in athletics, entertainment, or the arts, it may be possible to gain permanent residence in the United States with a P1 visa. However, if you wish to stay permanently in the US, you need to meet additional requirements for an EB1 visa.
This blog provides background information on what a P-1 visa is, who is eligible for it, the requirements, and whether a P-1 visa holder can obtain permanent residence in the US. Lastly, it outlines that even if you have been granted a P-1 visa, this does not guarantee permanent residence in the US and that additional requirements must be met for an EB1 visa to gain permanent residence.
If you have questions relating to the P-1 visa, we would be happy to review your case, guide you through the necessary legal procedures, and answer any questions you may have regarding your application.