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P-1B Filing Specifics

In the case of foreign-based groups, attach an alphabetized beneficiary list in the same place as the O-2 petition, any consultations, then copies of each beneficiary's passport biographical data page. Because of the 75 percent rule (and exceptions), the beneficiary list must include information on the date each beneficiary began his/her association with the group. The more specific the data, in terms of exact date, month or year, the better.

As of April 1, 2024 the maximum number of beneficiaries that can be listed on an O-2, P-1B, P-3, or P-S petition is 25. P-1B/P-2/P-3 beneficiaries appearing on the same petition (up to 25 on one petition) must be members of a group. Be careful to keep track of which beneficiaries are being grouped together for each separate petition and make sure that all the other information regarding the classification period requested and supporting evidence for the group as a whole is identical. When a group petition requires being separated into multiple forms due to the 25 beneficiaries cap, these related petitions may be filed in one mailing (envelope) but each grouping must contain all supporting documentation (i.e. each must have its own cover letter, itinerary, evidence, copy of labor union consultation, etc. and separate check for filing fee).

In the case of an internationally renowned U.S.-based group engaging a foreign individual to perform as a member of its group, remember to provide evidence proving the U.S. group’s international reputation as well as a list of all the current members with the date each began his/her association with the group. Remember that the international reputation and the 75% rule fall on the U.S. group in this utilization of the P-1B classification.

The petitioner's supporting letter should contain the same basic information as the O-1B, but remember to explain any desired exceptions to the 75 percent rule, based either on illness, exigency, or augmentation.