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If you are a foreign athlete with the dream of competing in the United States, know that there are special visas available to make that goal a reality. And this is where Xplore Immigration Law Firm comes into play, offering its specialized knowledge in immigration matters for athletes.

Vistos para atletas nos Estados Unidos

With a team of experienced and dedicated attorneys, Xplore Immigration is ready to assist you throughout the process of obtaining the appropriate visa, whether you are a professional athlete seeking to establish permanent residence in the U.S. or just participate in competitions temporarily.

Through their immigration expertise, Xplore Immigration can help with obtaining specific work visas for athletes, as well as issues related to green cards based on sports achievements. Whatever your sport discipline may be, the Xplore Immigration team is ready to provide personalized guidance and tailored legal solutions.

The importance of foreign athletes in American sports cannot be underestimated. According to data from the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), they represent a significant portion in major U.S. sports leagues, such as 23% in the NBA, 29% in MLB, and 72% in the NHL. Additionally, in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, immigrant and foreign athletes contributed to the success of the U.S. team.

If you are a Brazilian athlete and wish to compete in the United States, it is important to understand the different types of visas available. And this is exactly where Xplore Immigration Law Firm can be your ally, offering its specialized knowledge in immigration matters for athletes.

Here are the main types of visas for athletes in the U.S., including those served by Xplore Immigration:

O-1: This visa is intended for athletes with extraordinary ability (O-1A) or artists (O-1B). Its maximum duration is 3 years, depending on the contract, and it can be renewed in 1-year increments.

P-1: Designed for athletes who have not yet achieved significant renown but have relevance in the sport.

B1 and B2: These visas are aimed at amateur athletes participating in competitions in the U.S. The B1 visa is for business purposes, while the B2 visa is for tourism. It is important to note that these visas do not provide permanent residency (Green Card). Athletes can receive payment for competitions, provided they pay the corresponding taxes and return to Brazil. However, it is not allowed to represent an American brand or reside in the United States.

EB (Employment-based): In this category, we have the EB-1, which is the Green Card for athletes with extraordinary ability. This visa is a natural progression from the O-1 visa but has more stringent criteria. Additionally, the EB category is commonly used by former athletes, coaches, and professors. For example, a former athlete with distinct skills seeking a coaching job opportunity in the U.S. can benefit from this visa.

Xplore Immigration Law Firm takes pride in working to ensure that more foreign athletes can bring their extraordinary skills to the United States and develop their full potential. With a deep understanding of U.S. immigration laws, the team is prepared to handle the specific challenges faced by athletes, providing support from the beginning of the process to successful completion.

Contact Xplore Immigration Law Firm today for more information on how we can help you achieve your goals as an athlete in the United States. With our specialized legal services in athlete visas, you will be in good hands to navigate the complex immigration system and secure a successful sports career in the U.S.


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