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Sarah S. Rama, ESQ., LL.M., has grown up working with horses, training with expert coaches and competing in various equine circuits. As she developed her innovative and unique immigration practice representing niche clients in the sports, sports management, entertainment and business industries, she also brought her decade-long experience to equine immigration law. Her diverse equine background helps her identify the nuances of each client to build and present the most comprehensive immigration case possible. This attention to detail has led Sarah to successes that include breakthrough consular processing cases.
Sarah S. Rama, ESQ., LL.M can assess your case and develop the strongest case for athletes and workers wishing to enter the United States to work as riders, trainers, groom, breeders, owners and investors. The following is an overview of some of the visas available:
Sarah S. Rama assists sports teams throughout the world in all facets of the immigration process. Attorney Rama has worked with international rugby teams, Major League Baseball free agent prospects before and after signing, international hockey teams, and soccer teams throughout Europe.
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.
Internationally Recognized Athlete and Support Personnel or Coaches (P-1)
A P-1 visa is available to professional competition riders, international competition riders and grooms for international competition. The athlete must be coming to the United States to participate in internationally ranked events. The international reputation must be proven by ranking, experts, media articles and letters from the national governing body. P-1 athletes must be sponsored by a U.S. employer and are only permitted to work for the employer as described in the visa petition while in the United States. P-1 athletes may also bring their foreign coaches and support personnel, provided there is a need for their services while in the United States. The term of the P-1 visa is 5 years with unlimited renewals with certain conditions.
An O-1 visa is available to foreign national athletes and coaches who are nationally or internationally ranked in the top 15% of their field. The international reputation and ranking must be proven by achievement awards, competition results, expert letters, recognized rankings and media articles. O-1 athletes must be sponsored by a U.S. employer for the preliminary validity period of 3 years and the visa can be extended as long as the athlete maintains the qualifying ranking.
A B-1 visa is available to an amateur rider who is competing in a circuit, shows or is shopping for a horse. Employment is not allowed with a B-1 visa and the individual must demonstrate strong ties to their country of origin. The term of a B-1 visa is 6 months.
An E-2 visa is available to business investors, as well as their family and essential employees from the same country. The visa requires a substantial, irrevocable investment into the U.S. economy, the business owner must have at least 50% ownership or control of the business and there must be a treaty between the investor’s country and the U.S. The term of the E-2 visa is 1 year with unlimited renewals provided the business remains active and successful.