Immigration for Athletes
Attorney Rupal Parikh Aristimuno, J.D., L.L.M, is an expert immigration lawyer, with over twelve years’ experience practicing immigration law. Her law firm helps individuals and families find the best ways to Immigration for Athletes. Her law firm is headquartered in Montclair, New Jersey, just 30 minutes from New York City. Attorney Rupal’s law firm offers client services nationwide, solving the immigration needs of individuals, families, and businesses.
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Sports Immigration and U.S. Visa Laws
Every year, amateur and professional athletes and athletic teams from around the world come to the United States to compete. Some come for a single event or competition, others for a season or longer.
The immigration attorneys of May Law Group advise individual athletes, teams and their coaches on how to reach their specific immigration-related goals. We understand that professional sports organizations often fill their rosters from a worldwide pool of talent and may need to make quick, mid-season changes. We know the challenges athletic organizations face when hosting international competitions. We will assess your specific situation, advise you of your options under U.S. visa laws, and work to achieve your goals.
P-1A Visa for Athletes
The P-1A visa is often the appropriate choice for athletes and athletic teams of exceptional ability who are coming to the U.S. temporarily, for a specific competition. It is limited to individuals or teams who compete at an internationally recognized level of performance.
The P-1A visa requires that your U.S. employer file a Form I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker along with a fee and documentation supporting the petition. The employer must also submit a consultation form from the appropriate labor organization, when applicable.
Individual athletes may remain in the U.S. on a P visa for up to five years. Athletic teams may remain for a period of six months. Derivative visas are available for family members of the athletes.
O Visas for Those of Extraordinary Ability or Achievement
The O visa is a temporary (nonimmigrant) visa reserved for those of extraordinary ability in the sciences, education, business, arts, or athletics. It is issued to athletes who are coming to the U.S. solely for the purpose of participating in their athletic sport.
To be eligible for an O visa, athletes must be uniquely qualified for the position. They must have a residence abroad that they do not plan to give up. The initial issuance of an O visa allows an athlete to remain in the U.S. for three years. After that, you may apply for an unlimited number of one-year extensions.
Derivatives of the P and O visas are available for family members of the athletes. Employment authorization is granted to the spouse or child of a P-1 internationally recognized athlete or member of an internationally recognized entertainment group and essential support; a P-2 artist or entertainer in a reciprocal exchange program and essential support; or a P-3 artist or entertainer in a culturally unique program and essential support. Employment authorization is granted only as approved by the INS for the spouse or child of an O-1 person with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics; or an O-2 person accompanying in the artistic or athletic performance by an O-1 visa holder.
Immigration Attorney Rupal Parikh Aristimuno has extensive experience in solving even the most complex adjustment of status problems. She has worked extensively with individuals from all backgrounds to help achieve their goal of permanent residence in the U.S. She can work effectively with clients anywhere in the country.
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“Only attorneys or accredited representatives can give you legal advice about which forms to submit, explain immigration options you may have, and communicate with USCIS about your case.” USCIS
She provides unparalleled personal support throughout the entire process.
She explains each immigration process carefully, so that you know just what to expect: length of time, priority dates, evidence and documentation requirements, visa bulletins, interview process, and the affidavits of support that must be completed for the non-citizen relative.
For additional information about our client services in family immigration, contact Immigration Attorney Rupal Parikh Aristimuno by phone or e-mail.
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