P Visa Guide: Everything You Need to Know About the P Visa

P Visa

 

The P visa is a special visa for athletes and entertainers. It allows them to participate in an athletic event or performance.

 

Here, I will discuss the important details of the P visa. If you have any questions regarding this visa, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I’m very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

 

Overview:

 

1. What is the P visa?

 

2. What are the benefits of a P visa?

 

3. What are the requirements for the P visa?

 

4. What are the responsibilities of the petitioner?

 

5. P Visa Process

 

6. What documents are required for the P visa?

 

7. P Visa Fees

 

8. P Visa Processing Time

 

9. Conclusion

 

1. What is the P visa?

 

The P visa is a special visa for athletes and entertainers. It allows them to compete in an athletic event or give a performance in the United States. There are three categories under the P visa.

 

  • The first is the P-1 visa. It can be used by athletes: either as an individual or a team. These individuals are coming to compete in an athletic event in the United States. It can also be used by those coming to perform in an entertainment group.

 

  • The second is the P-2 visa. It is used by entertainment groups who are participating in reciprocal exchange programs.

 

  • The third is the P-3 visa. It is for entertainment groups performing culturally unique performances.

 

Additionally, essential support personnel may qualify for any of these three categories. Essential support personnel includes anyone who the principal beneficiary will need in order to successfully perform (bandmates, coaches, etc.).

 

Finally, spouses and dependent children are eligible for the P-4 status. This enables them to come to the United States, but prohibits them from working while here.

 

The P visa is only appropriate for people actively working in their profession. It is not appropriate if you are instructing at camps or engaging in promotional events.

 

A P-1 visa, for an individual athlete, is eligible for up to 5 years, with a single 5 year extension. All other P visas will be approved for a maximum of 1 year. Some extensions for long-term events or performances may be possible. There is no limit on how many P visas can be granted per year.

 

2. What are the benefits of a P visa?

 

There are many benefits to the P visa. Here are just a few:

 

Athletes and entertainers can work in the United States.

 

  • This visa allows foreign athletes and entertainers to work in the United States. This visa allows participants to work, compete, and perform in the United States.

 

Dependent spouses and children are eligible to come to the United States.

 

  • A spouse and any dependent children of the athlete or entertainer can come to the United States on a P-4 visa. This allows them to stay with the principal beneficiary while they work in the United States. During this time, your spouse and/or children may not work. However, they can attend school.

 

You do not have to be of “exceptional ability.”

 

  • The P visa requires participants to be internationally renowned. This is a less strict requirement than the O visa, which requires "exceptional ability". This makes the P visa a good option for some individuals who may not qualify for the O visa.

 

3. What are the requirements for the P visa?

 

Each category (P-1, P-2, and P-3) under the P visa program have slightly different requirements. Furthermore, athletes and entertainers have different eligibility grounds. My team and I can help you determine if a P visa is right for you.

 

For everyone seeking a P visa, the following conditions must be satisfied:

 

You must have nonimmigrant intent.

 

  • All applicants must show that they have a residence abroad that they will return to after their visa expires.

 

  • However, the principal beneficiary is able to simultaneously seek permanent status. Therefore, an application for an immigrant visa will not affect the approval of a P visa petition. However, those coming as essential support personnel may not simultaneously seek permanent status. Therefore, they may be rejected for a P visa if they have a pending or approved application seeking permanent residence.

 

  • Additionally, the standard in proving nonimmigrant intent is higher for those seeking P-2 and P-3 visas, over P-1 visas. Applicants for these visas may need to provide more evidence showing nonimmigrant intent.

 

Your work must not adversely affect American workers.

 

  • If the Department of Labor has certified there is a strike or labor dispute at the worksite, the P petition will be denied. If the petition has already been approved, the visa application will be denied.

 

You must be from an eligible country.

 

  • If you are a national of a country listed as a state sponsor of international terrorism, you may not get a P visa. The only exception to this rule is if the Secretary of State and Secretary of Homeland Security determine you are not a danger. My team and I can provide further information about this rule if it applies to you.

 

For athletes seeking the P-1 visa, the following conditions must also be satisfied:

 

The beneficiary must be coming to the US solely to participate in a competition, performance, tour, or event.

 

  • The event should take place over a finite period and should not be of permanent duration. The start and end dates should be explicitly stated in the petition. The petitioner can make guest appearances, but they may not be the only reason for the trip. The program involving teaching, coaching, and/or training other individuals or groups are not eligible for this visa.

 

The beneficiary must be considered a professional athlete.

 

  • To be considered a professional athlete, you must meet one of the following requirements:

 

    • Perform as an athlete at an internationally recognized level of performance. This can be at either the individual or team level.

 

    • Be employed as an athlete by a team that is:

 

      • member of an association with 6+ teams whose total revenues exceed 10 million dollars annually and whose association regulates the conduct and performance of the member teams OR

 

      • any minor league team affiliated with this association

 

    • Perform in a theatrical ice-skating production. This may be either professional or amateur and either as an individual or as a group.

 

Please be aware that coaches do not qualify under the P-1 visa as they are not athletes. However, they may be eligible for a P-1 visa under the COMPETE Act. My team and I can provide more information about the COMPETE Act.

 

The beneficiary must have international recognition.

 

  • The beneficiary must be renowned in more than one country to meet this requirement. Some evidence of this could include participation in major competitions, significant honors, or written support from an expert in the field. The overall group, not the individuals in the group, must be internationally recognized. Not every individual who plays at an international level is considered internationally recognized.

 

For entertainment groups seeking P-1 visas, the following conditions must also be satisfied:

 

The beneficiary must be involved in the arts.

 

  • The arts include, but are not limited to, fine arts, visual arts, and performing arts. Circus performers can get P-1 visas, but there are slightly different requirements for them. These requirements will be discussed later in this guide.

 

The beneficiary must be an integral part of the performance.

 

  • This means that the performer must contribute meaningfully to the performance. The performer must also be considered outstanding in the discipline. This requires the performer to have been a member of the group for a “substantial” period of time. This is usually considered to be one year. Entertainers seeking a P-1 visa must be a member of a group. Individual entertainers are not eligible for a P-1 visa.

 

The group must be considered a group.

 

  • Unlike with athletes on a P-1 visa who can be coming as either an individual or a team, entertainers must come as a team.

 

  • This requirement is one of the most difficult conditions for many groups. A group is defined as two or more people established as a single entity to perform or provide a service. A group must have been established for at least one year. Additionally, at least 75% of the beneficiaries must have been in the group for at least one year.

 

  • A group does not need each member to perform an equal role. It could consist of several members each with equal roles. However, a group could also be a lead singer with a consistent group of background performers.

 

  • Not every member of the group has to be a beneficiary of a P visa. This means other members of the group can be US citizens or hold other status.

 

The group must be internationally recognized.

 

  • To be internationally recognized, you must have received significant awards, performed in prestigious events, and/or have support from experts in the field. Only the group, not the individuals in it, must be internationally recognized. If only a few members of a large group will be performing, only those performers - not the entire group - will be considered. Members of the group are not able to perform work outside of the group while in the United States.

 

Exceptions 

 

There are some exceptions of the previous requirements:

 

  • Groups recognized nationally for significant periods of time may be exempt from the international recognition rule.

 

  • This may be especially important in cases where media access or geography make it difficult to perform internationally.

 

  • Secondly, up to 75% of the beneficiaries in a group can be exempt from the requirement of having performed with the group for at least one year.

 

  • Thirdly, circus performers do not need to have performed with the group for any length of time. They also need only national (not international) recognition.

 

  • An immigration lawyer, including myself or another member of my team, can help you determine if any of these exceptions apply to you.

 

For artists and entertainers seeking a P-2 visa, the following conditions must also be satisfied:

 

The beneficiary will be an integral part of the performance.

 

  • This is similar to the requirement for entertainers hoping to seek a P-1 visa. However, unlike for the P-1 visa, the beneficiary or beneficiaries do not have to be of exceptional ability.

 

The beneficiary will perform under a reciprocal exchange program.

 

  • The program must be between one or more US groups and one more organization in a foreign state. The performers from the US and the foreign country must be a similar level and held to similar terms and conditions.

 

For artists and entertainers seeking a P-3 visa, the following conditions must be satisfied:

 

The program must be considered culturally unique.

 

  • This means that the program must be unique to, “a particular country, nation, society, class, ethnicity, religion, tribe, or other group of persons”. The program can be intended to teach others or to perform. The program can be either by an individual or a group. P-3 visas are unique in that group does not need to have performed together previously.

 

  • These programs must be demonstrative of a specific, distinct cultural practice. It is not enough for the performance to just be in a foreign language. It is also not enough for the performance to be popular in a foreign country.

 

4. What are the responsibilities of the petitioner?

 

Petitions are filed by a petitioner on behalf of the beneficiary. This person can be either an employer or a third-party organization. The beneficiary is a foreign national who seeks to come to the US on a P visa.

 

Multiple beneficiaries working in the same group can be named on a single petition. However, if a beneficiary will be working for multiple employers, each employer must submit their own petition. The only exception is if a agent will file a petition on behalf of all employers.

 

The petitioner is also responsible for paying for the beneficiary to return home at the end. The only exception to this rule is if the beneficiary chooses to leave before the program is done.

 

5. P Visa Process

 

The process for receiving a P visa is a multistep process. The following will be a general listing of the process. A more detailed explanation of each step will follow. An immigration lawyer can help you through this process.

 

  • Preparing and submitting the P Petition

 

  • P Visa Application

 

  • Arrival in the United States

 

Preparing and submitting the P petition

 

The first step of the process is submitting a petition requesting P visa status. The petitioner should submit two copies of the petition to US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). You must submit a petition, and it can be filed up to one year before the date of need.

 

Essential support personnel should be listed on a different petition than principal beneficiaries.

 

Denied petitions can be appealed through the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO).

 

An immigration lawyer, including myself or another member of my team, can answer any questions about this petition process. We would also be happy to assist you in completing your petition.

 

The following documents will be required:

 

A Cover Letter

 

  • The cover letter provides a brief introduction to your case. It helps explain what you are asking for and why you are eligible.

 

Form G-28

 

  • This form gives an attorney or another representative the right to act on your behalf throughout the application process. For more information about Form G-28, click here.

 

Form I-907

 

  • This form only needs to be included if you have paid extra for premium processing. This guarantees you will hear a response regarding your petition within 15 calendar days. For more information about Form I-907, click here.

 

Form I-129 (with O and P Classifications Supplement)

 

  • This form provides basic information about the petitioner and the beneficiary. It also provides information about the work the beneficiary will do in the United States. For more form about Form I-129, click here.

 

Support statement

 

  • This is a statement written by the petitioner highlighting the beneficiary’s successes. This provides information about the petitioner and the assignment. Its main focus should be on the beneficiary and their qualifications.

 

Index of exhibits

 

  • The index of exhibits contains all of the documents you are choosing to include to help support your application. This documents you may want to include are discussed in the section, "What documents are required for the P Visa?" An immigration lawyer, including myself or another member of my team, can help you determine which documents you should include.

 

Two particularly important documents to include are the contract and the advisory opinion.  The contract should be between the petitioner and the beneficiary. It should include information about the job duties, wages, work schedule, work conditions, and benefits.  The advisory opinion should be written by a labor organization. It is required for all P visa applicants, except major league baseball players. Unlike for O visas, a peer review is not sufficient. The labor organization will help explain the job duties and the beneficiary’s qualifications. Finally, they will state if they believe the beneficiary meets the conditions for a P visa. This will only be exempt if there is no existing labor organization or if no labor organization writes advisory opinions. In these cases, an expert opinion or independent evidence may suffice.

 

P Visa Application 

 

One of the two copies of the P petition sent to USCIS will be forwarded to the appropriate consulate. If USCIS approves the petitioner, they will inform the consulate through the Kentucky Consular Center (KCC). The petitioner and their attorney will also be notified when the petition is approved.

 

At this point, the beneficiary can apply for a visa at their local US consulate. This appointment can be made up to 90 days before the start date of the program. You should bring the approval notice for the petition, a continued statement of support from the petitioner, a certified copy of the petition, and evidence of your foreign residence/nonimmigrant intent to your meeting with the consular officer. Please note that a consular officer can reduce the length of the visa from the time requested on the petition.

 

Arrival in the United States 

 

Those with P visa status may come to the United States up to 10 days before their official start date. However, you may not begin working until the date listed on your start petition. You should bring your passport, P visa, and P petition approval with you to the United States. You should receive an I-94 card or a stamp in your passport.  You should make sure expiration date matches the information listed on your visa.

 

6. What documents are required for the P visa?

 

Many documents may be requested during the P visa application process. The following is a general list. Please be aware this list is not comprehensive and the exact documents you will be required to submit will depend on your individual case. My team and I can help you prepare the appropriate documents for your situation.

 

  • Basic information about the employer

 

  • Description of the competition, performance, or event

 

  • Copy of employment contract

 

  • Independent evidence of the foreign national’s international recognition

 

  • Information from the foreign national regarding their accomplishments

 

  • Evidence of a reciprocal program

 

  • Evidence the program will be “culturally unique”

 

  • Copy of the foreign national’s resume

 

  • Copy of the foreign national’s degrees / transcripts

 

  • Copy of the biographic page(s) of passport(s) of foreign national and any dependents

 

  • Letters of support from previous employers

 

  • Letters of support from industry experts

 

  • Complete itinerary

 

  • Documentation of wages to be paid

 

  • Business license

 

  • Federal tax returns

 

  • Written consultation from a labor organization

 

  • Evidence of a residence abroad (property taxes, property deed, mortgage, etc)

 

7. P Visa Fees

 

There are several fees associated with the P visa application process. Please be aware that these fees are subject to change.

 

  • Petition Filing Fee: $460 (paid by petitioner)

 

  • Visa Filing Fee: $160 (paid by petitioner)

 

  • Other costs (including translations, photocopying, etc): vary on a case-by-case basis

 

8. P Visa Processing Time

 

The total time your P visa application takes to process depends on a variety of factors. These factors include the time of year, the USCIS Center where you submit your petition, and the US consulate that you use. However, most P visa applications take a total of between 3 and 6 months.

 

9. Conclusion

 

The P Visa is a good option for entertainers and athletes coming to perform or compete in the United States. You should now have a much stronger understanding of the P visa, including its benefits, requirements, and application process.

 

If you have any questions about anything discussed in this guide or about the P visa, feel free to email me directly at Michael@AshooriLaw.com. I am very responsive via email and I would be happy to help you.

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23:20 25 Aug 22
I had some immigration questions regarding my application, so I booked a free consultation time with their office. I received a call an hour later from Mr. Ehsan, a consultant of the office. He helped me with all my questions patiently and I have to... say that he was so professional and knowledgeable.I want to thank him for the time and consideration.read more
Sari Sari
22:04 25 Aug 22
Very informative videos and blog post! Very Easy to understand! Great customer service! Kudos!!
Rovie Sayson
21:21 25 Aug 22
Michael provided excellent service. Highly recommended!!!
Alan Kryemadhi
05:54 23 Aug 22
I called ashoori law firm after I watched their very helpfull videos on YouTube for an e2 visa application (most informative e2 videos on YouTube in my opinion).Hands down they are the BEST emigration attorneys! Although applying for the e2 visa... was completed, the whole process went very smooth. I was impressed by their quick responses! They are very responsive and informative. Cannot recommend them enough! Thank so much guys!read more
Bob Edge
15:05 20 Aug 22
They helped me applied for my mom's green card and provided guidance and assistance through the whole process and more!
Adam Weston
18:25 19 Aug 22
Although I am halfway through the immigration process with my wife, it has been an excellent experience so far. Ashoori Law is very responsive and gets back to me quickly when I have a question. They made everything very easy which is key. Highly... recommend.read more
Chel Onates
17:42 18 Aug 22
I would like to Thank Ashoori Law team specially to Jeser I really appreciated the updates and follow ups. I highly recommend this firm.
Martha Castrejon
17:52 17 Aug 22
I just got my E2 visa renewal,thank you for the great team of the best immigration Michael Ashoori law company,thanks Lahaina,james,Michael for your help,and would like to give you more than 5 stars,sure will continue to work with you.
Mahesh Lal Rawat
14:56 14 Aug 22
महेश लाल जिला फतेहपुर भारत
Sweta Bharodia
18:23 12 Aug 22
Michael Ashoori and his team were very helpful and guided us through each and everything in getting our E2 visa. I highly recommend Ashoori Law firm.Initially when were looking for E2 visa lawyer, we had been in contact with many lawyers, but we... are fortunate we made a correct decision by making Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer. For any visa application documentation is very important. Ashoori Law team gave us a very clear and easy to understand step by step application process, which made it very easy for me to collect the relevant documents and submit. Starting from setting up a new company for the business till getting visa, Ashoori law firm has been always there, they have always answered to all our questions to the best of their abilities. We are very satisfied by choosing Ashoori Law firm as our lawyer.They are very approachable and will answer all your questions quickly. Special thanks to Lahaina, Chris, Elaine and all the team members with whom we interacted during the visa application process.Sincerely,Sweta Bharodia.read more
Michael - David
12:45 11 Aug 22
It is my pleasure to testify to my extremely positive experience working with the Ashoori Law Team in regards to the recent renewal of my O-1 Visa. This Visa renewal was complex as it involved factors such as a patent I hold, the relationship with... the company that I am working with, as well as an arts and entertainment component. The members of the team were professional and attentive and were able to secure the renewal within a surprisingly short amount of time. I would highly recommend their services for anyone who is seeking the right immigration solution particularly where the petition has a business component.Sincerely,Michael-Davidread more
Jessie Vasquez
17:47 10 Aug 22
Ashoori Law made sponsoring an employee's visa very easy and free of stress. They explained everything in detail and were very prompt with their responses and action items. It was a very fast and smooth process that was not outrageously expensive. I... would definitely recommend them and use them again.read more
mubashir ahmed
01:56 10 Aug 22
Thank you so much Michael Ashoori for all your help regarding my wife's work Authorization as an E2- dependent. We truly appreciate your honesty and making this whole process very easy and straight forward for us from the time of the application... till getting the EAD card. Your whole team was exceptional in providing the great advice. Thank you for responding to our emails and phone calls promptly. Our special thanks to James and Lahaina, both were very active and efficient. This was our first experience with any immigration lawyer, and it was very pleasant.We highly recommend Michael Ashoori Law office for any immigration services.read more
Ritesh Chutani
19:11 09 Aug 22
Michael has been very helpful with my reentry permit application. He has been very prompt in answering all the questions I had. He explained how I should go ahead with my application and has supported all along in last few months since the... application process started. I highly recommend his services.read more
Junko Iizuka
22:43 28 Jul 22
From the bottom of my heart, I would like to express my gratitude to the Ashoori Law team, especially Kelly Raposa. Much of my time & energy was needed to go to the hospital daily to take care of my very sick mom. Thanks to Kelly’s genuine kindness... & willingness to answer even the smallest of questions, I was able to focus more of my time & energy on my mom, & was able to be by her side during her last final week. I would highly recommend this firm to anyone - from the moment I started working with them, it was evident that they deeply care about all their clients.read more
Travis Steinke
20:23 27 Jul 22
The team at Ashoori law were helpful throughout the entire visa experience. Would, and have, recommend to anyone looking into the E2 visa route. Thank you!
Pradeep Sharma
14:35 27 Jul 22
Great attorney and very impressed with the professionalism. Highly recommend this place for E2 visa needs.
Osaid Abuelnasr
01:23 22 Jul 22
I have worked with many immigration attorneys for my personal and business needs. I have never had the pleasure of working with someone as helpful, genuine and professional as Ashoori Law.The attorney which handled both of my cases was Rebecca... McCarthy. She’s diligent, fast and an all around amazing attorney. She left no questions unanswered and was always on top of my case. Huge thanks to her and Michael for all their help and care.One thing I really liked about working with Ashoori Law is Michael was always available to answer any questions should no one else be able to answer them. He did not shy away from getting on the phone with me when I needed to speak to him. Unlike other firms where you feel the need to talk to 5 paralegals before getting real attention. I will definitely recommend my family and friends to Ashoori Law.read more
James Harvey
19:56 21 Jul 22
Michael and his team were extremely helpful throughout my whole visa application process.There was no other firm like it in terms of the effort that was put in to initially bring me on board, with there being numerous calls with me to answer my... queries first, and hear their recommendations on the best approach / visa for me, before giving them the go ahead to start my applicationTheir process was clear and easy, I was introduced to all team members who were working on my case. There was no limit of time from them with answering any questions or concerns that I had, which was huge for me as completing a visa application seemed like a daunting task initiallyFor anyone looking for this type of service I would highly recommend Michael and his team at AshooriA special thank you to James as well, who would of been my primary contact and helped tremendously.read more
Mary Kambai Chimbali
18:23 14 Jul 22
Ashoori law worked really fast. I’ve already had one of my cases approved. They made the process very easy for us and gave us confidence that things are getting done correctly. And they’ve kept us up to date with email and the online tracker along... the way.read more
Matt Mulholand
18:15 14 Jul 22
Ashoori Law has a very convenient online user portal which makes uploading documents very easy. They maintain good contact via email and staff can be reached by phone easily.
Jime Caballero
00:17 14 Jul 22
I'm so grateful of how helpful Ashoori was with my visa process. They did an excellent job!!
Dev Pawar
22:16 13 Jul 22
Nice to work with and they got the job done. Will certainly recommend them for all your immigration needs.
Mohamed Hegazy
16:09 12 Jul 22
totally satisfied with the results, I contacted the law firm to apply for E2. They got it done in time. They are professional and know what they are doing. The team was on top of the case. They reply to all the emails and at all the time. I was able... to schedule a call with them whenever I needed information. Highly recommended!.read more
ker smith
09:38 12 Jul 22
I would definitely recommend this law firm and their entire team to anyone who need immigration representation. They get the job done plus very affordable
Manisha Patel
20:38 08 Jul 22
Michael and his team is excellent at providing timely services and their turnaround time is very quick. I worked with Christina Missey for my immigration petition and she thoroughly reviewed every SINGLE documents of mine and guided me through... journey. She is the best. Appreciate the above and beyond efforts of Ashoori law firmread more
Emilio D'Angelo
17:03 05 Jul 22
I’ve worked with a lot of attorneys along my immigration journey but none have come close to the ease, organization, results of Ashoori Law!I’ll definitely be referring any of my fellow ex-pats over to the extremely capable team at Ashoori... Law.Thank you guys for just a stress free process!read more
Casa Guzmania
18:11 01 Jul 22
We worked with Ashoori Law to apply for E2 status, and it was approved on the first attempt with no request for additional information or any pushback! Big kudos to Christina and Lahaina, who were incredibly responsive, supportive, and patient... throughout the process. We highly recommend Ashoori Law for any immigration process, and we can confidently say that they are experts in E2 applications.read more
Salman Rauf
16:18 29 Jun 22
Excellent team and services.Always responded to my concerns whenever i wrote to them. Would highly recommend for Immigration servicing.
Lung Lee
00:40 28 Jun 22
Great work! Professional, always willing to help and quick response.As a newcomer to the U.S., they settled me a lot of questions.They professionally advise which kind of visa is most suitable for you. And, guide you step by step throughout the... application process. Finally, I got the approval of my visa with no RFE.I'd like to special thank to Lahaina for her caring. Also, Rohit's referral to such a great team.I do highly recommend Ashoori Law to all immigrant and non-immigrant applicants to the U.S.read more
Omolola Baidoo
00:34 28 Jun 22
I had an awesome experience with this law firm. My papers was processed promptly. My phone calls was responded to promptly. No regrets. Money well spent.I will definitely recommend Ashoori law firm to friends and families who needs their services.... Thanks for everything.read more
Anja Kahn
17:28 27 Jun 22
My I-140 for the EB2 NIW has been approved!! Thank you Michael and Lahaina of Ashoori Law, and thank you USCIS!Prior to meeting Michael Ashoori, I had frustratingly worked with 3 other immigration law firms over the previous 6 years to ensure my... business, my children and I were always in authorized and lawful status. With these firms I felt not quite versed on the in-depth immigration picture, not sure of the chances of success of any particular route, uncomfortably wondering if the advise and steering was the right path for me and my family for the long term, or was it short term fixes thereby requiring further filings in the future. I paid some pretty hefty fees too, and often was left wondering if the option I was being recommended was the best option for me or was it the most lucrative for the law firm.Michael was a breadth of fresh air!Whilst researching my queries online I found Ashoori Law through the videos Michael posts - the videos were focused, informative, and dealt with pretty much the whole picture in respect of the topic he spoke on. The tone was chatty and Michael came across as very approachable, conveying the law in terms I could understand, without losing the detail. After watching the first video, I searched for more and binge watched all I could find before reaching out to Michael!During my initial consultation I felt so reassured by not only Michael's extensive immigration law knowledge, but also the way he explained options. Everything he said made so much sense, was applicable to my circumstances, and he laid out my options clearly, giving honest evaluation as to the process, the timeline, and chances of success. He didn't do it piecemeal or in isolation, he looked at the full picture as to how my application would affect my family in the long term - definitely an important factor when kids risk being aged out at 21. Michael looked at my background and was confident that I could be successful in the EB2 NIW category. His analysis of how I met the requirements and what I would need to do to evidence my experience, knowledge and expertise gave me the confidence to proceed in the belief I merited the category.The team at Ashoori Law handled the whole process so smoothly and efficiently, with full disclosure at every stage, and it was a speedy filing - under 30 days!!Ashoori Law have a fantastic online portal, where the whole application is managed - you can monitor step by step what is required, there are user friendly forms for information gathering, and easy uploading of evidence documents. Messaging is handled securely through the portal, enabling the whole application history to be in one place, readily accessible for any future query.Having filed, Ashoori Law didn't go silent on me! With the delays in processing at USCIS due to Covid and post Covid challenges, Michael and Lahaina were always happy to have an update discussion and keep me reassured - and sane!I leave this review because Michael's evaluation of what was required for success in my immigration journey has made a phenomenal difference to my life, for which I am forever going to be grateful. I leave this review as an experienced immigration applicant who has tried some of the most well known firms in the country - firms that promised the world, charged the earth, and generally failed in the objective they were contracted for. Michael delivered on his promise. Thank you Michael.read more
Kely Aliny Neves
12:30 27 Jun 22
Foram ótimos profissionais, sempre prestativos e tudo deu certo sem desafios. Recomendo!
Ramneek Lamba
02:28 23 Jun 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori law to anyone who is looking for a professional advice on immigration. Right from the beginning they explained me the procedure in detail. Lahaina was super helpful at all stages of the process. They respond quickly... and professionally. Anyone looking for immigration advice will not be disappointed. Thanks again!read more
Tommy T Chai8.
06:44 21 Jun 22
Thank you very much for this advice.I thing that next month i will submit this document. 🌷🌷
Rahila Samreen
02:07 17 Jun 22
Michael Ashoori is an excellent immigration lawyer. He has a great team. His team response is so quick. My daughter is also doing her immigration case with him. And definitely I will appoint for my son next. He is a very trustworthy lawyer and you... will never feel that your money is wasted. I definitely recommend to everyone. Thanks to Michael Ashoori that you assisted me every time .read more
Marina
00:45 17 Jun 22
Very great! Love, love, love Ashoori Law and his team. They make you feel like family. This is the team that will definitely get the job done. Very friendly and professional!
Vivek Sharma
00:54 16 Jun 22
The team at Ashoori Law did a wonderful job in helping me get my H-1B Visa approved on time. Special thanks to Lahaina and James who were always communicative throughout the process and ensured all information and documents were in place before... submitting the petition. I would highly recommend their services.read more
Erika Fifield
18:41 15 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team was awesome in providing my company with employer sponsored visa services. They guided us through the entire process, were very professional and were able to file and get us the needed approval in a timely manner. As an HR... manager, I highly recommend Ashoori Law for your business or individual immigration needs. James, Milena, and the entire team were very helpful and made the process very simple with quick results!read more
Ross Hitchins
06:36 10 Jun 22
Our E2 visa request was professionally handled to a successful outcome. I would recommend this Law company for anyone who is trying to obtain a US visa. Good Job! Thanks Steve Hitchins
Romard Palmer
15:05 08 Jun 22
I had the opportunity to work with Ashoori Law to apply for my Re-entry permit. i must say it was seamless, all the work was handle by the staff at Ashoori Law. The service they provided was extraordinary, the staff are very knowledgeable and... provides timely feedback and is willing to spend countless hours on phone calls to explain any situation/issues you might have. I highly recommend this firm for any legal matters regarding immigration services. I will be using them for all my future needs moving forward. It was a great pleasure working with Ashoori Law, I look forward to work with them again.read more
Sandeep Kaur Pannu
02:02 08 Jun 22
I have watched all your videos, they are always great…. I read your blog online and it was very informative and after reading the blog I felt, you and your teams knows in depth about immigration that’s how I approached you guys for EAD. And it all... turned out so great!Thank you for getting us EAD approval in hand! So all five stars from our side.Thank you!read more
Kevin Kovacs
21:03 07 Jun 22
The Ashoori Law team has done a tremendous job representing me and successfully putting together my application. They are very knowledgable, organized, thorough, and straightforward. The team knows what it takes to get cases approved. Ashoori Law... has earned my trust and I will engage them in future cases. Highly recommend!read more
Juan perez don
01:10 02 Jun 22
Hola! Gracias por la asesoría, mi caso salió exitoso, mi cambio de status fue aprobado Gracias por la asesoría y el acompañamiento.
Malwa Truckline
03:04 01 Jun 22
We would like to thank Micheal and Team to work on a our case.which really went smoothly and made easy by them.we highly recommend Ashoori Law Firm and it was pleasure doing business with them.
Jarson Laguerta
21:04 31 May 22
I would highly recommend Ashoori Law office for the fast and reliable visa process. The staff are also accommodating , on point and on time, they're are very fast when it comes to processing my visa.
sunaina rayamajhi
22:42 27 May 22
Applied my marriage based green card from here and everyone was really friendly. Whenever i had any questions they were available to answer it. I really loved the service here. I will definitely recommend this place to family or friends if they ever... need any immigration service.read more
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Michael Ashoori, Esq.

U.S. Immigration Lawyer

I’m a U.S. immigration lawyer and I help families, professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs get visas, green cards, and citizenship to the United States.

Since starting my law firm, I’ve helped hundreds of people from all over the world with their immigration needs. I’m very passionate, hard-working, and committed to my clients.

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