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P-3 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is P-3 visa?

The P-3 visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals to enter into the U.S. to perform, teach or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique.


Who is eligible for P-3 visa?

A P-3 visa classification may be accorded to artists or entertainers, individually or as a group, coming to the U.S. for the purpose of developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation.

Further, you must be coming to the U.S. to participate in a cultural event or events which will further the understanding or development of your art form. The program may be of a commercial or noncommercial nature.

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What privileges do I enjoy on P-3 visa?

On P-3 visa, you may:

  • Enter the U.S. and perform for payment or prize money
  • Engage in part time study
  • Apply for visas for accompanying essential support personnel
  • Apply for P-4 visas for dependents

What are the limitations of P-3 visas?

The limitations of P-3 visa are:

  • You may work only for the employer that sponsored you. If you change jobs, you must obtain a new visa
  • P-3 visa petitions cannot be approved until the appropriate labor organization is consulted by the USCIS
  • Receive payment for services performed
  • Dependents are allowed to stay in the U.S. with you, however they may not work
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