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Denver Immigration Attorney Athlete Visa
Athletes around the world ranging from renowned lacrosse, soccer, hockey, track, running, or tennis teams or as individuals can obtain an O or P visa to enter the United States to perform as an athlete. Personnel who play an integral role in an athlete’s performance— such as coaches— may obtain visas in order to support their athletes. The global world of sports and athletic competition requires an immigration attorney with substantive knowledge and expertise.
Athletes of Extraordinary Ability: O-1 Visa
Colorado Immigration Attorney Athlete O Visa
To qualify for an O-1 temporary visa as an athlete, the Applicant must demonstrate “extraordinary ability” in the field of athletics by sustained national or international acclaim and must be coming temporarily to the United States to continue work in the area of extraordinary ability. This requires the following evidence:
Essential Support Personnel: Can obtain an O-2 also if they are an integral part of the performance and success of an O-1 athlete (team) and perform support services which cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker. Support personnel may include coaches, scouts, trainers, and other team officials and referees. The O-2 worker must have critical skills and experience with the O-1 that cannot be readily performed by a U.S. worker and which are essential to the successful performance of the O-1.
Family : Individuals who are the spouse or children of O-1s and O-2s can obtain an O-3.
If you wish to obtain an O visa to perform in Colorado or elsewhere in the U.S., contact Denver immigration attorney, Catherine Brown to schedule a consultation. Contact us online at 303-322-2117.
Athletes with International Distinction: P-1 Visa
Colorado Immigration Attorney Athlete P Visa
The P-1 visa applies to those coming to Colorado or the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team. The individual or group must perform at an internationally recognized level.
The key to successful O and P visa applications for athletes and support personnel is discussing with your attorney and determining the type of evidence that clearly shows the threshold requirement of “international recognition” or “international distinction” under USCIS regulations.
If you wish to perform in Colorado and the United States using an O or P visa for athletes, contact Denver immigration lawyer Catherine Brown to schedule a consultation. Contact us online or call us at 303-322-2117.
Athletes of Extraordinary Ability: Permanent Residence
Colorado Immigration Attorney Green Card Athlete
For athletes to be eligible for permanent residence (green card), they must meet a similar bar of eligibility than required for the O-1 visa; they must be persons of “extraordinary ability.” This means demonstrating “sustained national or international acclaim” and that his or her achievements have been recognized in his or her field of expertise.
In brief, a person can qualify by either showing proof of receipt of a major, internationally recognized award such as the Nobel Prize or three of the following criteria:
Discerning the strength and weaknesses of an athlete’s extraordinary ability application and developing key evidence for support is critical for success, based on the criteria provided. Please note that the success of a previous O-1 Application is no guarantee of success for Permanent Residence.
If you are in the athletic field and wish to obtain residence in Colorado or elsewhere in the United States , contact Denver immigration lawyer Catherine Brown to schedule a consultation. Contact us online or call us at 303-322-2117.
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