P-1 essential support personnel

The Immigration Service defines an essential support person as a highly skilled, essential person determined to be an integral part of the performance of a P-1 alien or group because he or she performs support services which cannot be readily performed by a United States worker and which are essential to the successful performance of services by the P-1 alien or group. Such aliens must have appropriate qualifications to perform the services, critical knowledge of the specific services to be performed, and experience in providing such support to the P-1 alien or group. A statement describing the alien’s essentiality, critical skills, and prior experience with the P-1 alien or group must be submitted with the petition.