What You Must Know About the Return of the P-3 Visa: An Overview

by David H. Nachman, Esq., Ludka Zimovcak, Esq., Snehal Batra, Esq. and Samantha Chasworth, Esq.

While the Presidential Country Ban is still impending, its removal will be beneficial for a certain visa category group: the P-visa group. This visa allows internationally recognized athletes, entertainers, entertainment groups, performers, and artists to visit and perform in the United States if they are fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

There are four categories under the P-visa group. Thus, in this article, the immigration and nationality lawyers at the NPZ Law Group explain each of those in detail with a specific focus on the P-3 visa.

What Are the P-1A and P-1B Visas?

All of the categories of the P-visa group are temporary non-immigrant visas that are given to individuals and groups who aim to visit the US to perform certain services. In the case of the P-1A is granted to internationally recognized athletes. On the other hand, the P-1B is granted to a member of an entertainment group that has international recognition.

What Is the P-2 Visa?

The P-2 visa is granted to an entertainer or artist as an individual or as part of a group that wishes to visit the US to perform within a reciprocal exchange program.

What Is the P-3 Visa?

The P-3 visa is granted to an entertainer or artist who wishes to visit the US to perform, teach or coach within a culturally unique program.

Who Is Eligible for the P-3 Visa?

An individual can be eligible for a P-3 visa if he or she intends to develop, interpret, coach, or teach a traditional or unique ethnic, cultural, folk, theatrical, artistic, or musical performance or presentation in the US.

The individual will also need to take part in one or more cultural events that aim to advance the development or understanding of his or her artwork.

How to Get a P-3 Visa?

A P-3 sponsoring organization or employer will need to file a petition for one individual or multiple individuals in an entertainment group. In addition to the petition, the sponsoring organization will need to provide supporting documents, which include:

  • Contracts
  • A consultation in writing by an appropriate labor organization
  • An itinerary for the event(s) and/or activities, with a brief explanation of each
  • Letters written and signed by perceived specialists that have attested to the individual’s or individual’s group’s abilities to present, perform, teach, or coach the traditional and unique art form to other individuals
  • Evidence that the presentations or performances by the sponsored individuals will be part of a culturally unique event(s).

P-3 nonimmigrants’ dependents, i.e., their spouses and children under 21 years old, can gain P-4 non-immigrant status.

If you have questions or want to access additional information about US or Canadian Immigration and Nationality Laws, please feel free to get in touch with the immigration and nationality lawyers at the NPZ Law Group. If you have more questions about how these laws in the US may impact you or your family, contact the lawyers specialized in US Immigration and Nationality laws at our law firm. You can also send us an email at info@visaserve.com, or you can call us at 201-670-0006 (x104). In addition to that, we invite you to find more information on our website at www.visaserve.com


About The Author

David H. Nachman, Esq. is one of the Managing Attorneys at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. The Attorneys in our Law Firm assist clients with waivers, marriage cases, citizenship applications, I-130 sponsorship for family, etc.


Ludka Zimovcak, Esq. is a Managing Attorney at NPZ Law Group, PC. Mrs. Zimovcak's passion for excellence in immigration law derives from her own family's first-hand immigration experiences. She is fully licensed to practice as an Attorney in Slovakia and New York.


Snehal Batra, Esq. is Managing Attorney of our Raritan, NJ office at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. Ms. Batra is an Indian-American attorney with a passion for immigration law which derives from being an immigrant herself. Having been born in India and raised in New Jersey, Ms. Batra understands firsthand the many difficulties and challenges that immigrants commonly experience while engaged in the U.S. immigration process. As such, she is eager to help families, businesses and individual immigrants to realize the American dream.


Samantha Chasworth, Esq. is Counsel at the Nachman Phulwani Zimovcak (NPZ) Law Group, P.C., a pre-eminent International Immigration and Nationality Law Firm dedicated to providing a wide array of business and family immigration law services for skilled U.S.-and Canada-bound workers. Ms. Chasworth earned a Juris Doctorate (JD) from the St. John's University School of Law in Queens, New York, where she was an editor on the Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development and participated in numerous immigration and family law clinics and internships including time at the US-Mexico Border at the Karnes County Civil Detention Center.


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