Many visitors to the U.S. are not seeking long-term residency, but wish to come to the country to take part in a specific cultural or artistic performance. In these cases, teachers, coaches, or performers may apply for a P-3 visa, which allows residence for up to one year for those who are employed or participating in an ethnic, musical, theatrical, or traditional presentation.
To apply for this visa, a performer’s employer must submit Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In order to prove the validity of the cultural event, all visitors must include the following documents along with the application:
- A copy of the contract between the employer or organizer and the foreign performer, outlining the terms of the agreement between the organizer and performer
- A detailed description of the event, including dates, travel locations, and personnel
- Expert testimonials from recognized third-parties that confirm the authenticity of your organization’s skills, including the credentials of the expert himself, outlining the basis of his knowledge of your or your group’s cultural significance
- Documentation attesting that your performance is culturally unique, including newspaper reviews, journal articles, interviews, or other published materials
- Evidence supporting that all of the performances during your stay will be culturally unique events
- A complete itinerary, listing the dates and locations of all events in the performance schedule (if the events will take place in multiple venues)
- Written approval from the appropriate labor organization governing the performance
In many cases, your employer will have to complete and submit Form I-129 on your behalf. An incomplete application increases the likelihood that your visa will be denied or delayed, so it is wise to seek the advice of an experienced San Francisco immigration law firm during the application process.
At the Law Offices of Vaughan de Kirby, we can answer all of your visa and immigration questions and get you the help you need to get your visa approved quickly. Call us today at (415) 221-2345 or fill out the contact form on this page to get started.