Visas For Professional Professional Athletes In Connecticut

The United States invites athletes and individuals with extraordinary talent and ability to enter and work in the country. However, the process of preparing and then submitting an application can be confusing and frustrating.

Basic Visa Information

Athletes generally apply for P-1 visa if they are sponsored by a recognized team or organization. Individuals who have distinguished themselves in their field and can demonstrate extraordinary talent, ability or acclaim may be granted an O visa.

Both visas enable athletes to legally work and stay in the United States for a fixed amount of time. Individuals who do not meet the qualifications for the O or P-1 visa may be able to apply for an H-2B visa. This visa is usually granted to aspiring and amateur athletes who are sponsored by a recognized professional team or organization.

Individuals who will be participating in a contest, sport or other form of competition that does not include a salary from an American employer or sponsor may be able to enter on a tourist visa. Athletes are generally allowed to participate in events that offer prizes and other monetary awards without obtaining a work visa.

Green Cards for Athletes

O and P visas are designed for athletes who wish to enter the United States to compete in a specific event that occurs during a limited amount of time. Athletes who intend to remain in the United States for a long period of time are required to apply for residency status. Most teams will make the necessary arrangements for the athlete to obtain a P or O visa. However, athletes are usually expected to make their own arrangements when applying for an EB1 or EB2 visa.

Applying for a green card is complex process that involves the interpretation and satisfaction of numerous requirements that tend to be confusing. The process also takes time, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach that can be applied to each situation. Our office works with professional athletes who are seeking residency status. We provide advice, direction and ensure that applications are complete and ready for submission. Contacting us is the first step towards building a career and life of stability in the United States.

Our Firm Can Help You

These brief highlights do not take into account the complexities associated with preparing an application and going through the interview process. Our team can provide essential guidance and support to reduce the chances of receiving a denial based on errors, omissions or an incomplete application.

The Law Offices of Justin Conlon provide comprehensive legal services for immigrants and their families. Contact us today for a consultation and learn how we can put our experience to work for you. We will walk you through the process and answer any questions that you may have. Our office has assisted immigrants from all walks of life to achieve the American dream, and we can help you to reach your goals, as well!