Get Help Now:

P-3 Visa

P-3 Visa | Artist or Entertainer Part of Culturally Unique Program

Serving San Antonio, Austin, McAllen, Texas

What Is a P-3 Visa?

Like P-1 and P-2 visas, P-3 visas are designed to help artists, performers and other “culturally significant” individuals enter the United States on a temporary basis. Unlike these other types of “P” visas, P-3 entry documents are reserved for individuals who create or participate in “culturally unique” programs that may not otherwise be available to U.S. nationals. P-3 visa holders must have achieved some recognition in their home countries or have secured certain cultural credentials. The spouses and dependent children of these individuals may enter the U.S. on temporary P-4 visas.


There are several clear benefits to the P-3 visa. Unlike P-1 and P-2 visas, it may be used by self-employed individuals who secure sponsorship from a U.S.-based organization. These visas remain in effect for a single year but may be renewed for additional one-year periods on an ongoing basis. In addition, P-3 visa holders are not restricted from applying for permanent residency during their stays in the United States.


Individuals who wish to obtain P-3 visas must be sponsored by a recognized cultural organization or institution. These can include heritage societies, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, ballet groups and other outfits. A labor or trade organization must provide an “advisory opinion” that certifies the visa-seeking performer or performing group as “culturally unique.” In addition, the applicants themselves must furnish awards, credentials or other evidence that they have been recognized for their skills or accomplishments in their respective disciplines. While the requirements for self-employed performers are otherwise identical, such individuals do not require labor certification. To find out if you qualify for this type of visa, call a P-3 visa lawyer today.


There are a few unfortunate drawbacks to P-3 visas. First, the immediate family members of these visa holders are prohibited from working in the United States at any time. In addition, visa holders must leave the United States at the conclusion of their “culturally unique” program. Visa holders who expect to begin “culturally unique” duties after a significant interlude must return to their home countries to reapply for P-3 clearances. Finally, the initial visa application must be made at a U.S. consulate on foreign soil. A P-3 visa attorney can give you a full description of the limitations and drawbacks of the P-3 visa; call one today.

How We Can Help

The P-3 visa lawyers at the Gutierrez Law Firm are committed to helping every international cultural ambassador, teacher and performer enter the United States in an efficient and legal manner. By facilitating the swift, accurate processing of P-3 petitions and applications, we permit our clients to concentrate on their responsibilities as artists and musicians.

To learn more about the visa application process, get in touch with one of our P-3 visa attorneys at 210-225-7114.

Free Consultation Call Now!