以上假设强调了需要考虑“career” immigration needs of your foreign professional players 上 ce they are signed. Generally, foreign professional athletes in the United States are issued a visa known as P-1A (spouses and children are issued a derivative visa known as P-4). A P-1A is valid for up to 10 years and as of 2009 can be extended past these 10 years if the active playing 事业 is extended past 10 years. A P-1A visa can be transferred from 上 e team to another in the event of a player trade and the team acquiring the traded player has up to 30 days to file the transfer paperwork while keeping the player 上 the ice. The problem with the P-1A is that after a playing 事业 is over, the visa is effectively voided. Often players and their families have established themselves and wish to remain the United States and abrupt notice that a visa will be voided requiring them to leave the United States can be devastating.
在玩家中’活跃的职业，提交永久居留申请（“Green Card” ) should be considered to mitigate the potential need for your valued players to have to return home at the end of their 事业s. An approved 绿卡 would permit the player and his family to live and work in the United States 上 a permanent basis after having established their lives in the United States over the course of the player’s 事业. A 绿卡 category exists for players whom are able to establish Extraordinary Ability in Athletics which can be proven by examining a player’s body of professional work. For a player like Devon, his qualification for a 绿卡 would most likely have been determined by reviewing his body of work as a defensive role player 上 the teams he played for. Alternatively, a player can establish Extraordinary Ability proving the receipt of a 上 e-time significant achievement (an Olympic Gold Medal for example). While the P visa keeps a player active 上 the ice for the sponsoring team, the initiation of a 绿卡 can permit a now retired player and his family to remain in the United States upon the conclusion of the playing 事业. A 绿卡 can also permit the player to accept employment in the United States after the conclusion of the playing 事业.
To the extent a 绿卡 had been applied for while Devon was playing, Devon and his family could have remained in the United States after his retirement and Devon could have accepted the position as a Coach with the AHL franchise. In today’s competitive professional sports market where player retention is equally competitive, paying attention to the long term needs of your foreign players and their families may provide a strategic advantage to those teams cognizant of the post 事业 challenges faced by those foreign players who do not address their future goals in advance of player retirement.