The P-3 visa allows U.S. sponsoring organizations to bring in artists and entertainers who teach, coach music or theatrical arts, to participate in the development of culturally unique programs. A U.S. agent may also file petitions for those who are self-employed.
Spouses and unmarried children under age 21 may accompany or join the P-3 visa holder on P-4 visa status.
P-3 Quick Facts
- P-3 visa requires sponsorship by a U.S. sponsor (organization, company or agent).
- Applicants must have supporting documents that prove that they are recognized in their disciplines (i.e., have culturally unique skills).
- One of the prerequisites for filing a P-3 visa petition includes obtaining an advisory opinion from an appropriate labor organization.
- P-3 visa is issued for the period that the beneficiary/group is involved in the culturally unique activity but cannot exceed a year. The sponsor may apply for an extension of stay if required.
- Spouses and children under age 21 are eligible for P-4 visa but are not allowed to work.
P-3 Visa Process
- Our firm applies for and obtains an advisory opinion from the appropriate labor organization.
- On behalf of the sponsoring petitioner, we file the P-3 petition with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) along with the necessary documents establishing that the artists or entertainers possess "culturally unique" skills.
- Once the petition is approved, the applicant (s) applies for the visa at the U.S. consulate in his/her country of origin.