An Overview of P-1 Visas for Athletes (Update)

Produced on: November 30, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

This program, led by attorney Merrill Cohen, provides a detailed explanation of the following items concerning specialized visas:

  • the parameters of the P-1 Visa for athletes;
  • the information and documentation required of the athlete and the sponsor;
  • the parameters of what the athlete may do during the visa period;
  • how the visa relates to the B-1 and O-1; and
  • when to use those visas, in lieu of the P-1.  

She will also cover the transition of an athlete from player to coach, as well as the various options for the athlete to eventually obtain U.S. permanent residence, should he or she choose to remain here.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Choose the P-1 wisely via an informed decision
  2. Identify the limitations of the visa
  3. Advise the athlete about options for obtaining U.S. permanent residence


Merrill Cohen

Merrill R. Cohen & Associates

Merrill Cohen has been practicing immigration law in New York City for over 20 years, heading up her firm, Merrill R. Cohen & Associates, PC.  Ms. Cohen is a Member Super Lawyers (2013 and 2014), and was named one of the Top Women Attorneys in Metro New York (2014 and 2015).  Ms. Cohen’s primary practice area is business immigration, with substantial practice in family petitions, naturalization and removal cases.  Clients include research hospitals, universities, vocational schools, corporations and sports clubs, as well as internationally-recognized athletes, designers, motion graphics professionals, research scientists, engineers, lawyers, computer science professionals, architects, TV producers, writers, fine artists, actors, models, musicians and other professionals. 

Ms. Cohen was the subject of a feature article in the New York Law Journal magazine and has been interviewed on CBS and FOX TV.  Articles about Ms. Cohen and her clients have been published on the front page of New York Post, in People Magazine and many other national and local publications.  

Ms. Cohen was appointed to the Presidential Commission; received the Congressional Medal of Distinction and the Ronald Reagan Gold Medal; and twice won the National Leadership Award. She is a longstanding member of the American Immigration Law Association.  Ms. Cohen is a cum laude graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.  She is a cum laude graduate of Brooklyn College, with a major in Economics and a concentration in Film Studies.  She is admitted to the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, Second Judicial Department; the State of New York and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.  Ms. Cohen has given four previous online CLE classes for Lawline on various immigration topics including O-1 and P1 visa petitions and PERM applications. 


Timothy W.

It is most refreshing to attend a course in which the presenter knows the subject matter this thoroughly and presents that knowledge in a comfortable style. Excellent. Thank you.

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