Monday, December 9th, 2019

USCIS Issues Precedent Appeals Decision on P-3 Nonimmigrant Visa Petition


"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) Administrative
Appeals Office (AAO) today issued a binding precedent decision
addressing the term “culturally unique” and its significance in the
adjudication of petitions for performing artists and entertainers.

In the case at issue, the Skirball Cultural Center filed a P-3
nonimmigrant petition on behalf of a musical group from Argentina that
was denied a performing artists’ visa for failing to establish that the
group’s performance was “culturally unique” as required for this visa
classification. Due to the unusually complex and novel issue and the
likelihood that the same issue could arise in future decisions, the
decision was recommended for review.

USCIS’s AAO approved the petition after its