USCIS has a new policy clarifying eligibility requirements for internationally recognized athletes (P-1A nonimmigrants). Effective immediately, the policy now applies to P-1A Visas filed after March 26, 2021 The policy lays out examples such as a "United States sports league” means one that has a distinguished reputation, commensurate with an internationally recognized level of performance, and a “major United States sports team” is one that participates in such a league. To find out more examples click on this link.
The following considerations for determining whether competitions qualify under the new policy:
- The level of viewership, attendance, revenue, and major media coverage of the events;
- The extent of past participation by internationally recognized athletes or teams;
- The international ranking of athletes competing; or
- Documented merits requirements for participants.
If the teams participate internationally then that can be enough to qualify for the P-1A Visa. Call an Immigration Attorney to find out if you can qualify for this or another status. Remember Immigration laws change quickly and Immigration attorneys stay up to date on these issues.