Art, Entertainment & Sports Immigration

Read need-to-know updates, commentary, and analysis on Art, Entertainment & Sports issues written by leading professionals.
News & Analysis as of

Expect the Unexpected – Delays in Processing O and P Petitions

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has sent out an alert that O and P petitions are currently taking approximately eight to ten weeks to be processed, which is much longer than the Vermont and California Service...more

Choosing The Right Entertainment Industry Work Visa

As smartphone recording capabilities and the popularity of social media help entertainers reach wider audiences around the world, entertainers who wish to come to the United States to perform are, paradoxically, finding it...more

Permanent Residence for Extraordinary Coaches: When an Olympic Gold Medal Isn’t Enough

The EB-1A permanent residence category is reserved only for individuals with extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business, or athletics. Individuals seeking EB-1A status must demonstrate that they belong...more

2015 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

The California Legislature adjourned Friday evening, September 11, to close its 2015-16 Legislative Session. It sent a number of employment-related bills to Governor Brown for consideration by his October 11, 2015 deadline to...more

Even Bears Need Visas: Immigration Law Stalls Kiwi’s Dream of Playing American Football

New Zealander, Paul Lasike, always dreamed of playing American football. This 5’11”, 232 lb. Aukland native came to the United States on a scholarship to Brigham Young University, where he played rugby, but his heart was on...more

California-Based Company Fined $605,250 For Various Form I-9 Violations

On July 8, 2015, the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer of the U.S. Department of Justice (OCAHO) issued a fine of $605,250 to California-based Hartmann Studios, Inc., an event design and production company...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Preliminary Injunction Allowing International High School Student to Play Sports

Recently, in Makindu v. Illinois High School Student Association, the Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a trial court’s grant of a preliminary injunction in favor of an international high school...more

Cuban Baseball Players Are No Longer Required to Obtain a License to Play Ball

Earlier this month, Major League Baseball eliminated a burdensome requirement that made it difficult for MLB franchises to sign Cuban nationals. Until last month, a Cuban national wanting to sign with a MLB franchise as a...more

Carlos Ruiz and America’s Pastime: An Immigrant’s Journey to the Big Leagues

Spring is finally here, and with spring, the arrival of America’s game—baseball. In the first week of April, thousands of fans across the country will repeat a similar ritual at the stadiums of Major League Baseball’s thirty...more

Deportation Coming Up in Season 6 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Real Immigration Problems for Celebs Teresa and Giuseppe...

On March 4, 2013, two of the stars of the Bravo Network television show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and other charges in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Teresa and...more

USCIS Approves P-1 Athlete Status for Professional StarCraft Video Game Player

For 23-year -old professional StarCraft video game player, Kim “ViOLet” Dong Hwan, it was a choice between entering the Korean military, or pursuing his dream of competing on a professional level in the United States. He had...more

From Couch Potatoes To Pro Athletes: USCIS Includes Video Gamers in P Visa Category

After intensive lobbying by Riot Games, a Santa Monica-based gaming company, U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) is now issuing visas that are normally given to foreign professional athletes to professional...more

Bromance Gone Bad: The Immigration Bunkers of a Golfer’s Marriage

The P-1A visa category is reserved for those “internationally recognized” individual athletes or teams that seek to enter the United States temporarily for the sole purpose of performing in a competition, event, or...more

Online Gamer Gets Professional Athlete Visa

The world of online gaming has become a booming industry, and like most other industries, online gaming attracts participants from all over the world. Participants who want to come to the U.S. to play and compete in online...more

USCIS Issues RFE Templates for Certain Non-Immigrant Extraordinary Ability Categories

United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) Requests for Evidence (RFE) can be a source of significant frustration for immigration practitioners and their clients. They sometimes reflect that a) the officer did...more

U.S. Immigration Guide for Arts Professionals

This guide provides an overview of the O-1 visa process. This visa is often used by individuals in the arts. I have helped many persons obtain this visa including musicians, film and television professionals, and dancers....more

The Rules of the Game

In recent years, America’s past-time has become an international pasttime with major league baseball drawing an influx of talent from Latin America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Japan, Korea and elsewhere in Asia....more

17 Results
View per page
Page: of 1

Follow Art, Entertainment & Sports Updates on:

"My best business intelligence, in one easy email…"

Your first step to building a free, personalized, morning email brief covering pertinent authors and topics on JD Supra:

Sign up to create your digest using LinkedIn*

*By using the service, you signify your acceptance of JD Supra's Privacy Policy.
*With LinkedIn, you don't need to create a separate login to manage your free JD Supra account, and we can make suggestions based on your needs and interests. We will not post anything on LinkedIn in your name. Or, sign up using your email address.