Through a joint effort of our immigration team headed by John Exner in our Los Angeles office and our sports industry group led by Gregg Clifton in our Phoenix office, Jackson Lewis was able to guide Olympic bobsledder Kaillie Humphries to U.S. citizenship just in time for her to qualify to compete on the U.S.
Gregg E. Clifton
Administration Offers Exemption from Restrictions on Entry to Foreign Professional Athletes
To support the Trump Administration’s COVID-19 reopening policies, Chad F. Wolf, the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, signed an order exempting some foreign professional athletes (and their staff and dependents) who compete in certain leagues, from the COVID-19 travel restrictions that are in place for 30 countries: China, Iran, Ireland, the U.K, and the 26…
USCIS Denials in Extraordinary Ability Category on the Rise
- Is it a significant achievement to make it onto a national sports team?
- Would winning a top-ten spot in a European championship constitute an award for excellence?
- Would being one of a duo who were U.S. junior ice dance champions constitute an internationally recognized prize?
These are questions USCIS has answered in the negative in…
Will Student-Athletes on F-1 Visas be Affected by the Fair Pay to Play Act ?
Foreign students enter the United States on F-1 student visas. The terms of this type of visa drastically
USCIS Proposal May Increase Strike Zone for Professional Athletes
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed new guidance for adjudicating O-1 visa petitions for athletes and other individuals of extraordinary ability in certain fields. If the proposal becomes effective, athletes will have greater flexibility in satisfying the O-1 visa criteria.
Under current USCIS regulations, an athlete may qualify for an O-1 visa…