For sports professionals within the Equestrian Industry (including Show Riders, Jockeys, Polo Players, and ALL Horse Riders/Trainers)
The P classification is designed for foreignathletes, artists, and entertainers to enter the U.S. to work/participate in their field of specialization. As a firm focusing on the equestrian sports industry, we have been successfully obtaining P-1 visas for many years for a wide range of sports professionals ranging from developing athletes through Olympic level competitors.
O-1 Extraordinary Ability
The O-1 category is available for foreign nationals with extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, athletics, education, or business, and enables the individual to work in the U.S. in their field. As specialists within the equestrian field, our firm has been particularly successful in obtaining O visas for professional Polo Players, Show Riders, Jockeys, Farriers and Mallet and Saddle Makers.
For individuals providing essential support services on behalf of a P-1 or O‑1 Principal
P-1S and O-2 Essential Support Personnel
Both these classifications are designed to enable the P-1 or O-1 Principal’s support personnel to enter the U.S. to provide essential and critical support services on behalf of the Principal. These cases are usually filed in conjunction with the P-1/O-1 petition for the athlete, and our firm is able to utilize our in-depth knowledge of the different equestrian disciplines to ensure that the P-1/O-1 Jockeys, Riders and Professional Polo Players have the essential support personnel they require in order to compete successfully.
For temporary non-professional workers within the Equestrian Industry (including Ranch Workers, Stable Attendants, Animal Caretakers. Grooms and other temporary seasonal workers)
H-2A Temporary employment visa for Agricultural Labor
The H-2A temporary agricultural visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals to enter the U.S. to perform agricultural labor or services of a temporary or seasonal nature on a farm or ranch relating to horse breeding or livestock care. Labor Certification by the U.S. Department of Labor is necessary. The job must be temporary in nature and the employer is also required to provide State inspected and approved housing at no charge to the workers. Our office is able to guide employers through the often complex Labor Certification process and the ongoing recruitment efforts required as part of the H-2A process.
H-2B Temporary employment visa for Non-Agricultural Labor
The H-2B visa is issued to workers who enter the U.S. to perform non-agricultural work that is temporary in nature. For H-2B purposes, this includes work that is seasonal or peak load. The employer must also prove that there is an insufficient number of U.S. workers willing or able to perform the work, and this is established through the Labor Certification process conducted in conjunction with the respective State Department of Labor. Our office is able to guide employers through the often complex Labor Certification process.