P-3 Visa Artists or Entertainers

The P3 Visa classification applies to aliens coming temporarily to perform, teach or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique .

Petition Document Requirements

The petition should be filed by the sponsoring organization or employer in the U.S. with:

  • A written consultation from an appropriate labor organization;
  • Affidavits, testimonials or letters from recognized experts attesting to the authenticity of the alien’s or group’s skills in performing, presenting, coaching or teaching the unique and traditional art forms and giving the credentials of the expert including the basis of his or her knowledge of the alien’s or group’s skills.
    • Documentation that all of the performances or presentations will be culturally unique events, and;
    • Documentation that the performance of the alien or group is culturally unique as evidenced by reviews in newspapers, journals or other published materials.

P-1, 2, or 3 (Accompanying Support Personnel)

This category applies to accompanying support personnel who are highly skilled aliens coming temporarily as an essential and integral part of the competition or performance of a P-1, P-2, or P-3. Essential support personnel must perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance or services of the athlete or entertainer.

Petition Document Requirements

The petition must be filed in conjunction with the petition for a P-2 alien by a U.S. employer and must be filed with:

  • A written consultation with a labor organization in the skill in which the alien will be involved;
  • A statement describing the alien’s prior and current essentiality, critical skills and experience with the principal alien;
  • A copy of any written contract between the employer and the alien or a summary of the terms of the oral agreement under which the alien will be employed.