Available for athletes who compete at “an internationally recognized” level of performance who have achieved "international recognition." Not for casual competitor or former competitors.
P-1-S Essential Support Visa
Suitable for grooms, or other essential support personnel
Suitable for only the highest level riders, horse trainers and grooms.
Available to persons of extraordinary ability in "athletics," including horse trainers and/or upper level grooms.
O-2 Person Assisting O–1 Visa holder
Suitable for grooms or other essential support personnel
Suitable for many positions, including rider, groom or barn manager
Individual applies through special sponsoring organizations.
Not feasible for nationals from some countries.
H-1B Professionals And Specialty Occupation Visa
Suitable for veterinarians, other professionals and managers with college degrees
Requires membership in the profession or certain recognized specialty occupations.
H-2B Temporary/Seasonal Workers
Suitable for grooms and other temporary or seasonal staff
H-3 "Culturally Unique" Visa
Suitable for individuals who perform or teach a "culturally unique" activity
Must establish the activity is part of an overall program promoting a "culturally unique" art or activity