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P-1 Athletes

On December 6, 2006, Congress passed a new law that expands the visa opportunities for professional and top amateur athletes and coaches to participate in athletic events in the U.S.

Previously, only athletes who perform at "an internationally recognized level of performance" could get a P-1 ("Performer") visa.  The new law broadens those eligible for P-1 visas to include any athlete employed by a major professional sports team or associated minor league team, certain top amateur athletes and coaches, and professional and amateur ice skating performers.  Click here to view the full text of this new statute.


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