P-3 Visa

Are you ready to begin an unforgettable cultural journey in the U.S.? If you are an artist, entertainer, or coach eager to bring the diversity of your cultural heritage to the people of the U.S., you can start a cultural journey in the U.S. with a P-3 visa. Designed specifically for artists, entertainers, and coaches seeking to participate in culturally unique programs, the P-3 visa offers a unique opportunity to showcase your talent and promote cross-cultural diversity. Whether you are a dancer, musician, storyteller, or artisan, the P-3 visa invites you to share your cultural heritage.

What is the P-3 Visa?

The P-3 visa is a non-immigrant visa category that allows artists, entertainers, and performers to enter the United States to participate in culturally unique events, performances, or programs. The visa aims to provide opportunities for American audiences to experience foreign cultures and traditions.

Who Qualifies for the P-3 Visa?

To qualify for the P-3 visa, applicants must meet the following criteria:

a. Culturally Unique Program

The applicant must be coming to the U.S. to develop, interpret, represent, coach, or teach in a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation.

b. Performance

The performance must be culturally unique and be part of a cultural event or artistic program.

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    How Does the Application Process Work?

    Step 1: Initial Consultation and Eligibility Assessment

    We assess the applicant’s eligibility for the P-3 visa, looking at the eligibility of the applicant’s field and work and the chances for proving that the applicant has requirements in their field.

    Step 2: Completion of Intake Questionnaires and Document Checklist

    We send the petitioner and the sponsor the intake questionnaires, a checklist for documents to be provided, and a sample detailed event or organization description to obtain information necessary for applying for the P-3 visa. Upon completion, we ask the applicant to share the questionnaires, necessary documents, and job description with us.

    Step 3: Document Preparation and Review

    We and the applicant go over potential support letter writers for the P-3 petition and discuss the content of support letters. After that, the applicant begins collecting drafts of support letters. We review the applicant’s documents and information and complete any missing information and documents.

    Step 4: Drafting Forms, Finalization of the Application Packet, and Submission

    Artists, entertainers, or coaches seeking a P-3 visa must find a US-based sponsoring organization related to the cultural event they will attend, such as a cultural institution, festival, or performance group. We draft necessary forms, including I-129, and share forms such as a statement describing the cultural program, a letter from an appropriate labor organization, and any remaining support letters with the applicant to be signed and sent back to us. The applicant pays a filing fee if not already paid. We put the signed forms, support letters, and cover letter in the application packet and send it to the USCIS.

    Step 5: Post-Submission Procedures

    After submission, we share a copy of the application packet and receipt notice with the applicant. If the application petition is approved, the applicant can continue with the following visa application steps. Applicants outside the U.S. can apply from the U.S. consulate or embassy in their home country. In this process, if necessary, the relevant consulate or embassy may ask the applicant to attend an interview regarding the visa application process.

    Step 6: Visa Approval and Post-Approval Procedures

    When the P-3 petition is approved, we send the applicant a copy of the approval notice. Once you receive a copy of the approval notice, let us guide you through post-approval procedures, making your American dream a tangible reality. The P-3 visa is generally valid for the duration of the cultural event and is issued for up to one year.

    Step 7: Extension Process

    Artists, entertainers, or coaches may extend their P-3 visas for up to one year as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria and their cultural activities in the U.S. continue.

    What Are the Benefits of the P-3 Visa?

    The P-3 visa offers several advantages, including:

    a. Duration of Stay

    The P-3 visa is generally valid for the duration of the event or program, up to one year, and can be extended.

    b. Accompanying Personnel

    Essential support personnel can apply for a P-3S visa to accompany the P-3 visa holder.

    What Are the Required Application Documents?

    When applying for the P-3 visa, applicants must submit:

    a. Application Form

    Completed Form I-129, Petition for Non-immigrant Worker.

    b. Evidence of Cultural Uniqueness

    Affidavits, testimonials, or other documentation to establish the cultural uniqueness of the performance.

    c. Itinerary

    A detailed itinerary of the events, performances, or activities.

    d. Contract

    A copy of the written contract between the petitioner and the beneficiary.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Yes, but each employer must file a separate petition.

    Cultural uniqueness can be established through expert opinions, testimonials, media articles, and other evidence of the performance's cultural significance.

    The P-3 visa is a non-immigrant visa, but some P-3 visa holders may qualify for an immigrant visa under another category.

    No, P-4 visa holders (dependents) cannot work in the U.S. but may attend school or college.

    Processing times vary, but it generally takes between 2 to 6 months. Premium processing is available for an additional fee.
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