P-1 Athletic Visa Processing Times

Processing times vary for immigration applications, but you should expect to wait anywhere between a few weeks to a full year.

Last updated on June 24th, 2019

The current processing times for the P-1 Athletic Visa varies based on the United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) service center handling your application.

 In this case, there are only two USCIS service centers that process Form I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker.

Current Processing Times

There are two USCIS centers that handle Form I-129: the California Service Center and the Vermont Service Center. Your processing times can change depending on which one you file with.

For example, if your athletic event is in Alaska, Nevada, or Ohio, you should file your petition in the California Service Center. However, if your event is in New York, D.C., or Texas, you should instead file in Vermont.

The only exception is if you will be working for a Major League Sports Organization, in which case you will automatically send your petition to the Vermont Service Center.

To check the current processing times for your visa, you should use the processing time tool on USCIS’s website.

For example, the current processing times at these centers are:

  • California Service Center (CSC)—Between 2 and 10 months.
  • Vermont Service Center (VSC)—Depending on your application type, either 2-4 weeks or anywhere up to 13 months.

(Keep in mind that the current processing times are updated around the 15th of each month.)

How Can I Speed Up the Application Process?

One way to expedite your application is to sign up for the premium processing service.  

The Premium Processing Service allows P-1 visa applicants to speed up their application by paying a $1,225 fee (USCIS fees are always subject to change). With the Premium Processing Service, USCIS promises that it will process your petition within 15 days or it will refund the $1,225 fee. 

To apply for Premium Processing, your U.S. sponsor must submit Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Services, with your Form I-129.

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