P-3 Visa

P visas are available for performing artists and entertainers who perform under a program that is culturally unique.  Culturally unique means a style of artistic expression which is unique to a particular country, nation, society, class, ethnicity, religion, tribe, or other group of persons.   There is no statutory limitation on the period of stay for P nonimmigrants.  The artist or entertainer must be coming to the U.S. to participate in a cultural event(s) which will further the understanding or development of his or her art form.

P visas also cover essential support personnel.

A petition must be accompanied by:

  • Affidavits, testimonials, or letters from recognized experts attesting to the authenticity of the alien’s or the group’s skills in performing, presenting, coaching, or teaching the unique or traditional art form, or
  • Documentation that the performance of the alien or group is culturally unique, as evidenced by reviews in newspapers, journals, or other published material, and
  • Evidence that all of the performances or presentations will be culturally unique events


1. Consult IS at least 6 months prior to the arrival of the artist.

2. The applicant & hiring department submit the items listed below, including the check(s).  It takes approximately 2 weeks for IS to prepare the application.

3. The application is sent to USCIS. After it is received, it takes approximately 6 months USCIS to render a decision. In the event a faster processing time is needed, “Premium Processing” may be used.  The Premium Process will make a decision on the application within 15 calendar days by filling out Form I-907 and an additional payment of $1,225.

If the artist is not already in the US, an additional step is to set an appointment at the U.S. Consulate abroad.

Items Required from Hiring Department

  • Copy of signed contract with applicant
  • Itinerary of activities to be performed by the applicant
  • FedEx account #
  • USCIS Filing Fee: $325 paid to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”
  • Premium Processing fee, if applicable: $1,225 paid to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security”

Items Required from Faculty/Staff Member

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