Fort Lauderdale Major League Soccer Visa Lawyer
Obtaining Visas for Major League Soccer Players For 10+ Years
Do professional athletes need work visas? Yes, if they are coming to the U.S. temporarily for the purpose of performing at an athletic competition or if they wish to live in the U.S. full time and earn income aside from prize money, visas are available. Foreign soccer players are required to obtain a work visa when they come to the United States to engage in employment with a Major League Soccer (MLS) team. Here at Guerra Sáenz, PL we work side by side with MLS teams and athletes who are looking to obtain non-immigrant work visas, including the O-1 and P-1 visas.
Why Choose Guerra Sáenz, PL?
Attorney Luis Guerra has a love and passion for soccer; he was a striker during his high school and college years. Mr. Guerra is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law and he has extensive experience securing visas for foreign soccer players. If you are a professional soccer player who is seeking to play for an MLS team or an amateur soccer league, and you are looking to retain a work visa, then we can help!
O-1 Visa Eligibility for Foreign Soccer Players
These types of work visas are for athletes with extraordinary ability. In order to be recognized as "extraordinary" the athletes must be able to prove that their level of skill puts them at the top percentage of athletes in the sport they practice. If you are considered to be at the top of your game in comparison with other athletes, then you may be eligible for the O-1 athlete visa.
The MLS teams obtain O-1 visas for their foreign players because these professional athletes usually can set themselves apart from all other soccer players. Our major league soccer visa attorneys in Fort Lauderdale at Guerra Saenz, PL can help you file and obtain your O-1 visa.
Help With P-1 Work Visas
Foreign athletes who do not qualify for O-1 visas do have the option to file a petition for a P-1 visa. This type of athlete work visa does not have such rigorous eligibility requirements as the O-1. With P-1 visas athletes are required to demonstrate that they are "internationally recognized" and are a part of a prestigious league that will be traveling to the United States for an event. The soccer league must be of renowned standing. This type of visa is very easy to qualify for as an MLS athlete because all you are required to do is show proof that you are under a major league contract with the MLS. For guidance with obtaining a visa, reach out to our Fort Lauderdale major league soccer visa lawyers today.
Hire Guerra Saenz, PL as Your MLS Visa Agent
Our Fort Lauderdale immigration law firm has a distinguished reputation and a track record of success. Attorney Luis Guerra is recognized as an immigration expert and he can explain all of your athlete visa options as a professional or amateur soccer player. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you obtain a work visa to further your soccer career here in the United States. Call (954) 466-0323 to speak with a major league soccer visa attorney in Fort Lauderdale.