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Working in balance with the various teams, scouts and agents is paramount in sports immigration matters. Additionally, paying special attention to the family members of these players is an integral part of Attorney Rama’s best practices to ensure that the player’s family will be able to enjoy the immigration journey.
Sarah S. Rama has strategically worked throughout Latin America and the Caribbean with her echelon collaborations and colleagues. Her goal has always been to ensure best practices for free agent amateur baseball players, with the result being the ability of Major League Baseball franchises to now “try out” free agent prospects in the United States by attending U.S.-based showcase events. Having envisioned and now coined the B–2 Amateur Athlete Showcase Visas™, Sarah S. Rama, working with her esteemed consular processing colleague Attorney Daniel J. Parisi, has paved the path to changing Latin American and Caribbean free agent baseball immigration.
Sarah S. Rama feels strongly about following correct procedures of all the countries involved, and will personally travel to the applicant’s home country and vet the status of the prospective player. This maintains the integrity of the intent of the visa application in an effort to pave the way for future players. Attorney Rama’s approach to educate prospects directly strives to balance the needs of the MLB franchises, the U.S. Department of State and their consular posts, finding unity between the prospects and the respective home countries at play. Attorney Rama understands the high standards expected of the MLB franchises to ensure the safety and prosperity of their international players and families. Attorney Rama’s presence on the ground with the prospects in their home countries ensures that all extreme vetting procedures are done from day one.
Sarah S. Rama has had the honor to obtain visitor visas for high-level players and their families direct from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba to enter the United States after Major League contracts have been signed. She educates her clients diligently on the respect to be shown once the visa has been issued and strict compliance in the United States after admission.
Sarah S. Rama believes and practices that every applicant, upon a change of intent, must and will return to the home country and apply for a new visa to match that newly formed intent. She insists that her clients must adhere to this standard. Attorney Rama believes building trust in this process must be done one visa at a time.
Changing the Approach from B-2 Amateur Showcase Visa™ to P-1 Visa
The same diligence and respect will be applied with the application of the P–1 Visa for any signed MLB franchise applicant. Sarah S. Rama will be on the ground to review all the circumstances of the applicant’s place of residency, diligently prepare the P–1 Visa for USCIS approval, and be present at the proper consular post abroad. On site with her dedicated translator in tow, Attorney Rama will meet with the applicant and their families to ensure they understand completely all of the application materials and their responsibilities in obtaining the P–1 Visa.
Sarah S. Rama will work with each applicant and their U.S. sports agent in tandem, teaching best practices for P–1 visa applications for highly sought-after free agent baseball players. Attorney Rama will make sure that the goals of the MLB franchises, the player, their families and the U.S. Department of State are in sync. She has proven this can be done, saving MLB franchises from losing high-dollar contracts for denied P Visas in matters beyond their control.