1. What is a P-3 Visa?
The classification applies to people coming temporarily to perform, teach or coach as artists, entertainers, individually or as a part of group, under a program that is culturally unique. The recipient of the visa can also develop, teach, a unique or traditional, ethnic, folk, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance which is culturally different and local to their region or country. Additionally, the individual or group should be participating in a cultural event that helps in increasing the knowledge and understanding of their art form. The event can be commercially or non-commercially motivated.
2. Do I need an employer for P3?
No. you do not need an employer for a P3 classification. The sponsor or agent in the United States can also initiate the process.
3. What is the maximum duration of stay on P3?
The duration of the stay depends on the completion of the performance, activity or event and is not supposed to exceed a period of more than 1 year. Extension of the stay for another 1 year is allowed with proper documentation and eligibility criteria
Can I get my support Staff?
The accompanying staff who perform with the artists as part of the performance are eligible to get the visa as well. This includes musicians, anchors, managers, and technical staff. They need to prove that they have a history of working with the artist/performer and a written contract about their role
Can my Family come with me?
Spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 are eligible to get the dependent P4 visa. Though on a P4 Visa they are not allowed to work but can attend school, or college
Somireddy Law Group can help!
We have helped several culturally unique artists come to the United States on P3. If you are an artist looking to participate in an event that will be taking place in the United States, or you want to sponsor an artist from outside the United States, please contact us at
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We look forward to hearing from you.
SANTOSH R. SOMI REDDY ESQ