The P3 visa allows the artists or entertainers, individually or as a group, to come to the U.S. to develop, interpret, represent, coach or teach a unique or traditional artistic, cultural, ethnic, folk, musical or theatrical performance or presentation.
Culturally unique has been defined as a style or artistic expression, methodology, or medium which is unique to a particular country, nation, society, class ethnicity, religion, tribe, or other group of persons.
P3 visa allows the holder to participate in a cultural event(s) that will further the understanding or development of his/her art form. The program can be commercial or noncommercial in nature.
Support personnel of the P3 visa holder can also apply for a P3 visa.
The P3 visa petition must be filed by the sponsoring organization or a U.S. employer.
Petition for an artist or entertainer is valid for the duration needed to complete the event, activity, or performance, but may not exceed 1 year.
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Documents for Petition
You need to submit the following P3 visa specific documents, in addition to the general set of documents required for all P visa applicants.
- Evidence of cultural uniqueness of all the performances or presentations by the artist or entertainer. Evidence can be provided by presenting the reviews in newspapers, journals or other published materials.
- Affidavits, testimonials, or letters from recognized experts attesting to the authenticity of the individual’s or the group’s skills in performing, presenting, coaching or teaching the unique or traditional art form.