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P-3, Artist or Entertainer Coming to Be Part of a Culturally Unique Program

The P-3 classification is applicable to aliens coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform, teach or coach as artists or entertainers, individually or as part of a group, under a program that is culturally unique.


Eligibility Requirement


An individual must be coming to the United States individually, or as a group. The purpose must be for developing, interpreting, representing, coaching, or teaching a unique or traditional ethnic, folk, cultural, music, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation. Also, the individual must be coming to the United State to participate in cultural events which will further the understanding of the development of their art form. This program can either be commercial or noncommercial.


Initial Period of Stay


Time needed to complete the event, activity or performance, not to exceed 1 year


Extension of Stay


Increments of up to 1 year in order to continue or complete the event, activity or performance.


Family of P-3 Visa Holders


Spouse and unmarried children may obtain P-4 status. Dependent can not engage in employment, but can go to school or college.


Essential Support Personnel who are an integral part of the performance of P-3 artist or entertainer and who perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S worker, are eligible for P-3 classification.

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