P VISAS THAT LAST! The Challenge to Boxers, Martial Artists, and Managers

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Many of the best performers and athletes in the world are not from the United States, but in order for them to work in the US it is some necessary legal steps because the consequences are steep. Also, with proper preparation,  P visa benefits can last for years. 

 Queen City Immigration Law is an immigration based law firm set to help ease the process for you and your athletes. Our job is to take the stress of obtaining a p visa away and allow managers and athletes time to focus on more important things such as obtaining sponsorship, training and winning competitions! 

Our law firm focuses on the strategic needs of artists, actors, performers, and entertainment professionals all over the world. Our firm specializes in purposeful, intelligent and thorough representation in P and O visa categories.  In case you are unfamiliar, P & O visas are necessary for foreign performers and athletes who are being compensated to perform in the United States.

One of the main reasons a P visa can be stressful is the cost for obtaining one. That’s where we want to help the most with our P Visa Challenge.

THE CHALLENGE IS SIMPLE

We challenge our first time clients to try CrowdJustice to raise money for their P visa application and if they are unsuccessful in obtaining their goal, we will service their next two P visa applications at 50% of our legal fees.

What  is CrowdJustice?

CrowdJustice is a crowdfunding platform uniquely tailored for legal projects and is represents valuable tool that will help build a strong set of resources for many of our clients' visa cases.

Follow the steps below to get started today:

1. Register with CrowdJustice: Applying the crowdfunding model to the law is an ideal solution for clients who have a story to tell and need resources to assert their rights and/or seek legal relief. This is especially true for entertainment clients that have a fan base and/or sponsors. Here is the link https://www.crowdjustice.com/get-started/

2. Accept the P Visa Challenge https://www.qcilaw.com/pvisachallenge

We challenge our first-time clients to try CrowdJustice to raise money for their P visa application and if they are unsuccessful in obtaining their goal, we will service their next P visa application at 50% off our legal fees.

All our clients have to do to get started with the QCI Law P Visa Challenge is to visit www.qcilaw.com/pvisachallenge and click accept challenge.

Managers & Promoters: P visas CAN last for years!

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5 Reasons not to avoid a P visa and 4 Ways to Fund them

The reality is that P Visas are an expensive endeavor for many athletes and coaches looking to compete in the United States. Especially up and coming athletes who do not receive a large amount of compensation for their competitions... yet. The reality is also that P Visas are necessary to compete the RIGHT WAY and there are SERIOUS consequences to competing on visitor visas and getting paid.

Being sensitive to the needs of athletes, our law firm's goal is the make the P Visa work for the athlete in a manner that is thorough and cost effective. In fact, in many cases, our law firm reserves collection of some of the legal fees until the visa is approved.

While many athletes find it tempting to compete on a visitor visa due to the cost of obtaining a P visa, there are serious reasons to do things the right way:

1. It is the law of the land

USCIS requires that most artists and athletes that come to the United States and receive compensation must obtain a P Visa. A Visitor B1/B2 Visa is not appropriate because it is unlawful to receive compensation while on a Visitor Visa. 

2. Too many athletes are getting caught

Many fighters are starting to pay the price for competing on Visitor Visas. One reason is because it is not hard to track. When anyone comes to the United States on a Visitor Visa, notes are logged with consular offices and USCIS. Typically if an athlete competes in a sanctioned competition there will be a paper trail of payment that is easily obtained by government officials.

3. Waivers are hard to get

Criminal records and immigration violations can lead to the denial of P Visa applications. In these instances waivers may be available to continue with the process but can be expensive to prepare and not always granted. Fortunately, our law firm does handle P Visa waivers for athletes but it is best to avoid needing one in the first place. 

4. P-visas can last a long time when prepared correctly

For a competition, a P Visa will typically only be granted for a couple of months. However, a properly explained and prepared P Visa for an employment contract can last for years. The employment contract can be for management, coaching, participating as a paid training partner at a gym, or other purposes. 

5. Could cause problems later

Once you get caught competing and getting paid for it without a P Visa, you will have problems. It may not happen the first time or the second time, but the likelihood is high under the current administration. While waivers are available, they are not a guarantee. The best practice is just to do it correctly in the first place by obtaining the P Visa. 

HELP WITH FUNDING P VISA APPLICATION

The good news is that there are ways to mitigate the expense of obtaining the P visa or getting creative in how to fund the process. Remember that the athlete's participation in the competition is not just to the benefit of the athlete but also other parties as well such as competitors, event promoters,  sponsors, and fans. 

1. Base the P Visa on an employment opportunity rather than just a single bout

This is simple. P Visa for a single competition only lasts for a couple months while an employment opportunity can last years. 

2. Do not forget to use the P visa as a bargaining chip when negotiation a competition agreement

Do not hesitate to bring up the costs of the P Visa to event promoters and your competitors. There are countless instances with foreign athletes are brought in to compete because they are the only ones that will take the opportunity. This can be used to the advantage of the foreign athlete. 

3. Consider finding a sponsor to pay for the cost of the Visa

There are many companies around the world, not just in the United States, that support athletes endeavors through sponsorship. Sometimes, coming to them with the request of paying for a specific expense is easier that a than general request. 

4. Use Crowd Justice to work with your network and story to raise money for the cost of Visa

CrowdJustice's mission is to ensure everyone has access to the legal system, not just those who can afford it at the time. Applying the crowdfunding model to the law is an ideal solution for clients who have a story to tell and need resources to assert their rights and/or seek legal relief.

All our clients have to do to get started on CrowdJustice is visit https://www.crowdjustice.com/get-started/ and mention Queen City Immigration Law.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to working for you. To continue with the process please visit the appropriate in-take form.

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CombatSportsVisas.com affiliates with CrowdJustice to Help Fighters!

CombatSportsVisas.com affiliates with CrowdJustice to Help Fighters!

Charlotte, NC (August 3, 2017) – Charlotte based Seward Tran LLP d/b/a Queen City Immigration Law is pleased to announce its affiliation with CrowdJustice, a crowdfunding platform uniquely tailored for litigation and legal projects. CrowdJustice represents a valuable tool that will help build a strong set of resources for many of our clients' legal cases.

CrowdJustice's mission is to ensure everyone has access to the legal system, not just those who can afford it at the time. Applying the crowdfunding model to the law is an ideal solution for clients who have a story to tell and need resources to assert their rights and/or seek legal relief.

“Our relationship with CrowdJustice is an unbelievable resource for our clients that need assistance raising funds for their cases,” said Sherrod Seward, Partner at Queen City Immigration Law. “CrowdJustice works directly with our clients to craft a webpage on its crowdfunding site to share their story with their support system and generous donors.”

Criminal Waivers for Athletes and Entertainers seeking P Visas

Criminal Waivers for Athletes and Entertainers seeking P Visas

There is a common misconception that having a criminal past, including felony convictions, will prevent a potential boxer, mixed martial artist, or other combat sport participant from obtaining a P Visa or an O Visa. While this is absolutely true for a person looking to migrate to the United States, this is not necessarily true for someone looking to come to the United States on a temporary basis without intent to stick around. If you are a fighter or a coach that has made mistakes in the past, it could very well be worth taking the time and expense of applying for a waiver to open up the doors and opportunity to perform your craft in the United States. 

Sculpting Manager/Fighter Agreements for P Visa Consultations

Sculpting Manager/Fighter Agreements for P Visa Consultations

Knowing how to take advantage of the P Visa through a management perspective can extend the fighter’s benefits from the visas for up to 5 years. However, obtaining the full term possible for the visa is based on having a well prepared agreement in place to explain to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (‘USCIS”) is necessary to achieve the benefit. The most common way, and easier way, for fighters and coaches to obtain P Visas to base their petition on a bout agreement. This is a great way to obtain the visas because the purpose and itinerary is easily comprehended by USCIS and Consular Officers; unfortunately, the trend is that these visas are only being granted for 3 months. Three months is a short amount of time for a fighter that is looking to work in more training and fight multiple bouts while in the United States.

Introducing Combat Sports Immigration Practice Group - Queen City Immigration Law

Introducing Combat Sports Immigration Practice Group - Queen City Immigration Law

We are pleased to announce the expansion of our services to include a special practice group for Combat Sports related Visas. Partner, Sherrod Seward, has been involved with combat sports since matriculating in Law School and has made it his mission to be a resource for the combat sports industry.  Sherrod leads our entertainment and cultural based visa group and has performed research on MMA broadcasting agreements, performed business development for top regional promotions, and assisted in the management of some of the world’s best fighters.

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