P3 Visa Application from Ireland

The P-3 visa classification is a temporary non-immigrant permit given to an individual or group to perform, teach or coach as entertainers under a culturally unique program.

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    Why should I choose a P3 Visa?

    The P3 visa is a nonimmigrant US visa to allow artists and entertainers to come to the US temporarily.

    Generally, the P visa category is a non-immigrant work visa dedicated to allowing foreign nationals who work in certain industries to come to the US for short visits.

    The categories are grouped as follows:

    • (P1A) for internationally recognized athletes. (P1B) for internationally recognized entertainment groups.
    • (P2) for individual performers as part of a group entering to perform under a reciprocal exchange program.
    • (P3) for artists or entertainers coming to be part of a culturally unique program.
    • The (P4) category accommodates the spouse and children of P visa holders.
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    Who can apply for a P3 Visa?

    For a P3 visa to be issued to a person or a group, he or she must be coming to the United States to become part of a cultural program(s) that is aimed at furthering the development of that particular art form.

    The program may extend beyond charitable and educational nature and even encompass commercial purposes.

    The P3 visa category is authorized by section 101(a)(15)(P)(iii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (I.N.A.). The statute authorizes a P3 status for a person who:

    • Performs as an artist or entertainer, individually or as part of a group, or is an integral part of the performance of such a group, and
    • Seeks to enter the United States temporarily and solely to perform, teach, or coach as such an artist or entertainer or with such a group under a commercial or noncommercial program that is culturally unique.

    In addition, S101(a)(15)(P) states that a P visa holder is mandated to have a residence abroad which he or she is expected to reside in and not abandon.

    The term “culturally unique” is a broad term. According to 8 C.F.R. 214.2(p)(3), “culturally unique” was: “a style of artistic expression, methodology, or medium which is unique to a particular country, nation, society, class, ethnicity, religion, tribe, or another group of persons.”

    The Administrative Appeals Office(A.A.O.) later set precedence to accommodate other non-traditional art forms if they meet the requirements of a P3 visa.

    The applicant may be employed in a cultural program that can be either commercial or noncommercial. They must also intend to leave the U.S. when his or her authorization expires.

    How to apply for the P3 Visa as an Irish citizen

    To start the application, Form 1-129, a petition for a Non-immigrant Worker, must first be submitted. This visa category does not allow self-petitioning; therefore, it must be filed by a U.S. employer, U.S. sponsoring organization, U.S. agent, or a foreign employer through a U.S. agent.

    Also, when an agent files for multiple employers, the agent must prove that he is duly authorized to act in such capacity as an agent.

    Note: The petition for a P3 visa must be filed within one year of the commencement of such intended employment. The same one-year requirement is required for a P3 group, and if there are multiple applicants, all members may be included on a single Form 1-129.

    Apart from the default form 1-129 submitted, you must submit some other required set of documents for non-immigrant permits.

    The documents include:

    • Affidavit, testimonials, or letters by recognized experts in the field who can attest to the uniqueness of the foreigners or foreign groups program. The performance, coaching, or teaching must be given credentials by the expert and the basis of which he recognizes such foreigner or foreign group skill as being unique.
    • Public documentation on the performance of the foreigner or foreign group as been culturally unique. This documentation can vary from newspaper articles, journals, published materials, etc.
    • Evidence to attest that the intended performance or performances will be culturally unique content.
      Where the event is planned for different locations, an itinerary must be provided to this effect.
    • A copy of the contract between the petitioner and the beneficiary. Where the contract was negotiated orally, a summary of the terms of an oral agreement between the petitioner and the beneficiary.
    • Written approval from an appropriate labor organization with expertise in the foreigner or foreign group skillset.
    • Where no appropriate labor organization exists, the USCIS will render a decision based on the petition’s evidence.

    How long does it take to process a P3 application?

    Normally, a P3 visa takes about 2-8 weeks to be processed.

    Once your petition has been approved, you will be notified by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In this notification, you will be informed of the next step, which is the interview.

    In certain cases, individuals hurry to process a P3 visa within the shortest time frame.

    This premium P3 visa application is allowed for an additional fee, and the USICIS would give you a prompt decision within 15 calendar days.

    You are also entitled to your premium processing fee if the USCIS is unable to further your application.

    How long can you stay in the US?

    Generally, the P3 visa is for a temporary permit for a culturally unique purpose, and the initial period of stay needed to complete this program is within a one-year frame.

    There are situations where the plans might exceed the one-year limit. If such situations arise, there can be an increment of up to a year to complete such a program.

    To apply for this extension, Form I-539 must be filed before the initial authorization expires (it is advised that the extension application should be made at least 45 days before the initial authorization expires).

    The petitioner has no right to appeal the denial of a petition for an extension of stay.

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                Frequently Asked Questions

                The USCIS has made a P visa category to accommodate the family member of a P3 visa holder. The P4 visa can be issued to the spouse and unmarried children below 21 years. These dependents are at liberty to attend school and college, but they are prohibited from engaging in any form of employment without obtaining employment authorization.

                The P3 classification extends to essential support crew who are integral to the performance of the P3 entertainer. A support crew mostly accompanies them to ensure their task is done efficiently. The support crew may include coaches, backup singers, trainers, and/or team officials.

                The U.S. employer or agent must file a separate Form I-129 for the support crew. Section 8 C.F.R. 214.2(p)(6)(iii) require that the following evidence is submitted with a Form I-129 for a P3 essential support crew:

                • A consultation from an appropriate labor organization with expertise in the foreigner or foreign group skillset.
                • A statement attesting the support crew’s essential skill and experience with the P3 entertainer.
                • A copy of the contract between the petitioner and the beneficiary. Where the contract was negotiated orally, a summary of the terms of an oral agreement between the petitioner and the beneficiary.

                During the temporary period for the culturally unique program, you may decide to change employers, but this is only after your new employer has filed a new Form I-129 with the USCIS requesting permission to employ you and/or extend your stay.

                Your new employment will remain pending till the new Form I-129 has been approved.