P-1 visa classification is available to outstanding athletes, athletic teams, and entertainment companies (including circuses) with a job offer from a U.S. employer. This type of visa is issued to internationally known athletes, who are coming individually or as part of a group or team, and entertainment group to participate in various athletic programs in the U.S. It is also designed for entertainers to participate individually or as a group in various entertainment programs. Entertainment groups could, for example, be the circus. This visa is classified in two as P1A & P1B. P1A is for internationally recognized athletes or athletic teams and for individuals or members of an internationally recognized entertainment group.
The P3 visa is granted to culturally unique artists and entertainers, coming to the U.S. individually or as a group, to develop, interpret, represent, coach, or teach unique or traditionally ethnic, folk, cultural, musical, theatrical, or artistic performance or presentation which will further the understanding or development of that art form. The program may be of a commercial or noncommercial nature.