The P-3 classification is designated for individual or group artists and/or entertainers who wish to come to the United States for the purpose of developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation. While these programs may be either commercial or non-commercial in nature, they must serve to further the understanding or development of the alien’s art form.
Additionally, aliens who qualify as essential support personnel may be accorded P-3 classification to accompany the artist or entertainer. Please see the P visa home page for more information on essential support personnel qualifications.
P-3 Application Process
Similar to other P-Visa petitions, the P-3 beneficiary’s sponsoring labor organization or U.S. employer must file a Form I-129 (Petition for a Non-Immigrant Worker) with the appropriate USCIS service center (USCIS Vermont Service Center 4 Lemnah Drive St. Albans, VT 05479-0001, USCIS Vermont Service Center 75 Lower Welden Street St. Albans, VT 05479-0001, or USCIS California Service Center P.O. Box 10825 Laguna Niguel, CA 92607),, along with the $325 application fee and required supporting documentation:
Additionally, if the events or performances will take place in multiple areas, an itinerary listing the dates and locations of the events must be submitted.
Once the I-129 petition has been approved, the alien may then apply at a U.S. embassy or consulate for a P-3 visa, which will allow them to request admission into the United States at a port of entry. Once they have been admitted they will be in valid P-3 status.
The initial period of stay granted to a P-3 nonimmigrant is the time needed to complete the event, activity or performance in the United States, which is not to exceed one year. Extensions of stay may be granted in increments of up to one year in order to continue or complete the event, activity or performance.
Family members (spouses and minor children) of P-3 nonimmigrants are eligible to apply for P-4 status and accompany the P-3 holder to the United States. P-4 holders, however, are not permitted to legally work while in the United States, but may attend school or college.
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