As of November 27, 2009, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a guidance memorandum entitled Requirements for Agents and Sponsors Filing as Petitioners for the O and P Visa Classifications.
The O nonimmigrant visa classification provides for the admission of people
with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business,
athletics, motion picture and television production, and their essential
support personnel. The P-1 nonimmigrant visa classification provides for
admission into the United States of certain athletes, entertainers and artists.
The memorandum clarifies the standards for adjudicating �O� and �P� petitions
filed by a U.S. agent for a beneficiary(ies) who will be working for more
than one employer within the same time period. This guidance also reaffirms
the definition of a U.S. sponsoring organization for the �P� visa classification.
USCIS reminds all �O� and �P� petitioners of their obligations of being
jointly and severally liable, in certain instances, for the reasonable
cost of return transportation of the alien abroad.
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