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P4 Visa: Dependents Visa

Spouses and unmarried minor children of P visa holders who would like to join their spouse or parent in the United States may be eligible to come to the United States under a P4 visa.

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What is the P4 Visa?

The P4 non-immigrant visa allows spouses and dependent children of P visa holders to temporarily enter the United States to live with the principal visa holder. While in the United States, spouses and children are allowed to study part-time or full-time at a school or college without the need of an F1 Student Visa. However, neither the spouse nor children are allowed to accept employment in the United States under the P4 visa unless they are specifically granted employment authorization by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

This visa is only available to immediate family members and is not available to parents, in-laws, or adult children (over 21 years of age) of the primary visa holder.

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What are the requirements for the P4 Visa?

In order to apply for a P4 visa, the applicant must be either a spouse or a dependent child of a P visa holder. A dependent child is classified as the child of a principal U.S. visa holder who is unmarried and under the age of 21 years old.

Individuals looking to apply for a P4 visa will need to be either the spouse or dependent child of a P visa holder. P visas include the following categories:

  • P1-A Visa (Athlete Visa). This visa allows nationally or internationally recognized athletes and their essential support personnel to temporarily enter the United States in order to participate in a specific athletic competition or event. In order to be considered for this visa, athletes must have a written statement from a U.S. sports league or accredited sports media explaining how they have achieved international recognition.
  • P1-B Visa (For Members of an Internationally Recognized Entertainment Group). This visa allows for the members of an internationally recognized entertainment group to enter the United States temporarily in order to perform for an American audience.
  • P2 Visa (Reciprocal Exchange Program Performers). This visa is meant for individual performers or performers who are a part of a group and looking to enter the United States for the purpose of performing under a reciprocal exchange program.
  • P3 Visa (Artists and Entertainers). This visa is for artists or entertainers who would like to come to the U.S. with the purpose of participating, sharing, or developing any “culturally unique program”.

What is the application process for a P4 visa?

The primary P visa holder can apply for P4 status for their spouse and/or children at the same time as when they apply for their P visa. They can arrive at the same time or later as the primary P visa holder but may not enter the United States before the principal P visa holder. To obtain a P4 visa, applicants will need to complete the following steps:

  1. The applicant completes DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application). This is an online form that asks the applicant for personal information such as their background and reasons for entering the United States. When completed, the applicant will be shown a confirmation page along with a confirmation number. It is important that the applicant prints out this confirmation page as it will need to be submitted later in the application process.
  2. The applicant pays the application fee. It is important that the applicant keeps the receipt of fee payment as it will also need to be submitted later in the application process. All application fees are non-refundable.
  3. The applicant schedules a visa interview at their nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  4. The applicant gathers the necessary supporting documentation for their visa.
  5. The applicant attends the visa interview. At the interview, the applicant will need to prove their relationship to the primary P visa holder as well as their ties to their home country. After the interview, the applicant will receive a decision on their visa application.
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What documents are needed for the P4 Visa?

To apply for a P4 Dependents visa, the applicant will need to provide the following documents:

  • DS-160 nonimmigrant visa application confirmation page
  • Visa interview appointment confirmation page
  • Receipts of visa fee payment
  • A passport-style photograph
  • A valid passport (the passport needs to be valid for at least six months beyond the principal P visa holder’s authorization end date)
  • Evidence of relationship to the P visa holder such as a marriage certificate (for spouses) or a birth certificate (for each dependent child)
  • Evidence of P visa holder’s legal status (copies of Form I-94, visa, a copy of your family member’s Notice of Action Form I-797, offer/support letter, etc.)
  • Any other documents required by the specific U.S. embassy or consulate or relevant to the application

What is the cost of a P4 visa?

If a primary P visa holder would like to sponsor his or her spouse and/or child for a P4 visa, he or she will be responsible for payment of the following fees associated with the P4 visa which are as follows:

  • DS-160 (Online Nonimmigrant Visa Application) fee: $190
  • Visa Issuance fee: costs will vary depending on the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where the visa was issued
  • Premium processing time fee (if needed): $2,500
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How long is the P4 visa valid?

P4 visas are valid for the same period of time as that of the principal P visa holder. The amount of time each visa is valid will depend on the type of P visa that the primary visa holder was issued. For example, athletes on a P1-A visa are permitted to stay in the United States for up to five years at a time whereas performers on a P1-B visa are only permitted to stay in the United States for a period of up to one year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The validity of the P4 visa is closely tied with the validity of the primary P visa to which it is attached. Therefore, as long as the primary P visa is valid, so is the P4 visa. If an employee who is in the United States under a P visa changes employers, he or she may be able to keep their visa by having their new sponsor file a new Form I-129 within 30 days. While waiting for the new visa sponsorship, the visa holders may stay in the United States for a grace period of 30 days while they await the transfer.

It should be noted that if the new Form I-129 is denied by USCIS, both the primary P visa holder and P4 visa holder will lose their valid visa status and must leave the United States.

As soon as the primary P visa holder’s petition (Form I-129) is approved, the P4 visa applicant can then submit their DS-160 Form online and schedule an interview. As a general rule, a dependents visa will take as long to process as the primary visa. Therefore, expect the same amount of time for both P visas to be processed.

Of course, the amount of time it takes to process a visa will depend on the workload and any backlogs which the U.S. Embassy or Consulate or the USCIS might have. In addition, delays in processing can also be caused if there were any mistakes or missing information in the application package.

P4 visa holders who were issued a visa as a dependent child and lose their dependent status because they get married or age out after their 21st birthday. A dependent child can change his or her status to a different nonimmigrant visa status such as an F-1 Student visa or a B2 Visitor visa in order to remain in the United States legally.

Our immigration experts are dedicated to helping you keep your family together as you work, compete and/or perform in the United States under a P visa.

If you wish to apply for a P4 Visa for your spouse or child, one of our dedicated immigration lawyers will be happy to handle all aspects of your application process including the following:

  • Reviewing your eligibility based on your personal circumstances
  • Help with gathering adequate supporting documents to prove your relationship with the primary P Visa holder
  • Liaison with the USCIS on your behalf (in the case of delays in your application process)

We can also offer guidance for the P Visa application process as well. To learn more about our services tailored to foreign workers who wish to travel to the U.S. with their families, get in touch today by calling +1 844 290 6312 or making an inquiry online.