考虑以下从职业曲棍球运动员的真实示例中得出的假设。

德文(Devon)是NHL的加拿大职业曲棍球运动员。他进入了NHL,成为2000年选拔赛第一轮选秀权。德文郡(Devon)在NHL效力了10个赛季,在那里他成长为一名防守角色球员,以其强大的击球能力而著称,意在打断对方球队的节奏。德文郡在洛杉矶的波士顿打球,最终定居在费城。在费城,他被队友们选穿了“A”由于他在团队中的领导地位而成为副队长。德文郡在更衣室里是个受欢迎的球员,他与妻子和三个孩子一起住在新泽西州,跟随德文郡从加拿大来到美国。德文郡拥有一所房子,他的青春期孩子在学校里蒸蒸日上,他的妻子也积极参与社区活动。德文郡以P-1签证打冰球。他的家人以德文郡(Devon)的家属身份获得P-4签证。在2010年10月,德文郡在一场比赛中遭受了令人惊讶的职业生涯终结。德文郡被迫退休,并正在考虑提供一份AHL专营权的助理教练的提议。他的家人已经在美国建立了自己的生活,并想留下来。因为德文郡’德文郡的签证与他作为职业曲棍球运动员的工作息息相关,德文郡不得不与家人一起返回加拿大。

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.