FOREIGN ATHLETES AND AGENTS WORKING WITH US TRAINING FACILITIES FOR P VISA STATUS

By Queen City Immigration Law | November 25, 2018

Athletes from all over the world have trained for their competitions and tournaments in the United States on visitor B1/B2 visas for years. However, recent changes in immigration enforcement aggressiveness threatens athletes’ ability to move freely in and out of the United States on a visitor visas. For these purposes, Queen City Immigration Law has problem solved on successful alternatives that last using the P visa process. Typically P visas are obtained from a United States based event/competition company or by a United States based management company. Currently, we are servicing applications for P visas that utilize training facilities as US representatives of foreign agents to sponsor athletes. Many athletes are managed in their home country and rely on sponsorship from events in which they compete to serve as the petitioner for their visa. However, the flexibility and control of petitioning through a familiar organization such as a training facility is a far better experience.

BENEFITS OF SPONSORSHIP WITH U.S. AGENT REPRESENTATIVE

  • Help clients take control of their own immigration pathway

  • Flexibility to change teams and leagues using the same work visa

  • Freedom to petition for family members and important support staff

  • Convenience to potential teams and leagues of not having to worry about athletes visa status

  • Peace of mind that athlete and their family will remain in valid visa status even if their player contract is terminated

  • Extra incentive for athlete to remain with the same agent

Knowing how to take advantage of the P Visa process through a training facility can extend an athlete’s P Visa authorization for up to 5 years. However, obtaining the full five year authorization for the visa is based on having a well prepared agreement in place that explains to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (‘USCIS”) why five years is necessary. At Queen City Immigration Law we work with both training facilities and foreign managers to make agreements that work well with United States Immigration and Customs Services guidelines.

USCIS Guidelines for US REPRESENTATIVE FOR P-1 Visa

  • The supporting Documentation includes an itinerary of the events or a services/engagements to be performed

  • The itinerary specific dates, venues, or locations where the services will be performed

  • The contracts between the employers and the beneficiary are submitted

  • The agent explains the terms a conditions of employment and provides any required documentation

If you are interested in learning more about the P Visa process or tailoring your employment contracts for P Visa approval, please do not hesitate to contact our sports specific practice group lead, Sherrod Seward, at (704) 500-2045.

Sherrod Seward