The P-2 visa classification is for artists and entertainers, either individual or part of a group, who enter the U.S. for a reciprocal exchange program. Their essential support personnel also apply for a P-2 visa.
The said program must be government-recognized and involve an organization in another country and an organization in the U.S. Currently, there are five (5) reciprocal exchange programs that fall under the P-2 visa.
- The Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the Screen Actor Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)
- Actor’s Equity Association (U.S.) and the Canadian Actors’ Equity Association
- The American Federation of Musicians (U.S.) and the American Federation of Musicians (Canada)
- The International Council of Air Shows and the Canadian Air Show Association
- Actor’s Equity Association (U.S.) and the British Actors’ Equity Association
If you are part of a reciprocal agreement other than these five programs, the USCIS then reviews that agreement to see if it complies with regulatory standards.
The spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old of P-2 visa holders may apply for P-4 to accompany them to the U.S.
The P-3 visa is issued to entertainers or artists who will perform or coach other artists and entertainers in a program that is considered culturally unique. The said program may be commercial or non-commercial.
Culturally unique programs are those that aim to develop, interpret, or teach unique or traditional performances. These may be under ethnic, folk, musical, or theatrical art forms.
As with the P-2 visa, spouses and unmarried children under 21 years old may apply for P-4 visas.