Combat Club Training Facility Receives Multi year P Visa Approval for Herbert Burns to complete in Multiple Sports



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Charlotte, NC, USA (March 13, 2018)

Charlotte based Queen City Immigration Law (“QCI Law”) is pleased to announce a successful P visa petition for martial artist Herbert Burns who will be competing in multiple disciplines for Combat Club in South Florida. The Brazilian fighter obtained a visa through his training facility which will last for more than two  years and allow Hebert to compete for multiple organizations and sports using the same employment visa.

This is very different from the typical pathway for a combat sports athlete to receive sponsorship which is a combat sports event promoter. Obtaining a P visa through a training facility contract rather than through a bout contract allows combat sport athletes such as boxers, mixed martial artists, and jiu jitsu competitors to extend the length of their P visa and be flexible to take more opportunities to compete.

Partner, Sherrod Seward, the lead attorney on the case and practice manager for pressed the issue with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) to explain the unique needs and requirements of combat sports athletes, especially mixed martial artists,  to have an extended period of P visa status and the flexibility to compete for multiple organizations.

“The life of a combat sports athlete, such as a mixed martial artist, boxer, or jiu jitsu athlete does not fit the mold of a typical extended P visa recipient such as an NBA basketball player ,” partner Sherrod Seward says. “We really had to drive the point home to USCIS that the facilities that train these of these athletes need time and the ability to work with multiple promotions show that their training methods are successful”.

“The flexibility is Amazing“ says Herbert Burns of the Combat Club. “ I am excited that I will get to represent my training facility, Combat Club, in both mixed martial arts, grappling competitions, and other sports with the same visa.” Herbert Burns is one of the premier grapplers in the world who competes in both traditional Brazilian jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts competitions as a professional.

Driving the point to USCIS is an understatement, Sherrod and the team at Queen City Immigration Law packed the petition with all evidence needed to avoid a rebuttal from USCIS. There was no request for evidence sent by USCIS before this petition was approved. The work was well worth it as Queen City Immigration Law was able to identify, prepare for, and overcome all of the concerns of USCIS when it comes to training facilities sponsoring combat sports athletes such as boxers, mixed martial artists, and jiu jitsu athletes for years at a time.


Queen City Immigration Law is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based full-service immigration law firm that focuses on the strategic needs of combat sports athletes and professionals all over the world. Our firm specializes in purposeful, intelligent and thorough representation in P, O, and EB-1 visa categories for athletes, trainers, and coaches. We also advocate for combat sports business professionals with employment and investment based visa solutions.  For exceptional service to the community, we have attorneys and staff with fluency in French, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Polish languages. Other languages are easily accommodated upon request.

All our clients have to do to get started with the QCI Law P Visa Challenge is to visit for athletes and for promoters. For more information, do not hesitate to call our offices at 704-500-2075.

QCI LAW E-2 and L-1 Preparation Services to Businesses for Sale

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Queen City Immigration Law is proud to announce the E-2 Treaty Investor and L-1 Intra-Company visa preparation services for entrepreneurs that are selling their business. Businesses that are vetted, organized, and analyzed by a competent immigration attorney for the E-2 and L-1 visa can be very attractive to foreign investors and entrepreneurs looking to come to the United States. Queen City Immigration Law ’s preparation services will assist potential foreign purchasers of your business make a decision to buy. Entering the United States has become more difficult and purchasing a quality business is one of the most effective manners to immigrate.

The appropriate visa for a foreign national use to immigration by purchasing a business is either the E-2 Treaty Investor Investor and the L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visa. Our preparation services help organize your business documents in a manner that is appropriate for both visas.

E-2 Treaty Trader Visa

This nonimmigrant classification is for nationals of select countries with which the United States maintains a treaty of commerce and navigation to be admitted to the United States when investing a substantial amount of capital in an American business to manage and direct such business. Certain employees of E-2 Treaty Investors, as long as they have the same nationality as their employer, may also be eligible for this classification.

Qualified Treaty Investors and employees are allowed a maximum initial stay of two years. Requests for extension of stay may be granted in increments of up to two years each. There is no maximum limit to the number of extensions an E-2 nonimmigrant may be granted. All E-2 nonimmigrants, however, must maintain an intention to depart the United States when their status expires or is terminated. An E-2 nonimmigrant who travels abroad may generally be granted an automatic two-year period of readmission when returning to the United States.

L-1 Intra-Company Transfer Visa

L-1 category enables a U.S. employer to transfer an executive, manager or a professional employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization’s interests from one of its affiliated foreign offices to one of its offices in the United States. We use our incubation services to host the domestic office of the foreign business.

This classification also enables a foreign company which does not yet have an affiliated U.S. office to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing one. The employee's spouse and unmarried children under the age of 21 may enter the United States under the L-2 category. Additionally, the L-2 spouse is eligible for employment authorization. L-1 Visas are extendable to 7 years and then the applicant can apply for their Legal Permanent Residency (“Green Card”).

What's required?

Proper documentation of the business to purchase is critical to the E2 or L1 visa application. QCI Law will help you locate, organize, and present your business information already complete for an E2 or L1 application which saves the potential purchaser a lot of time and instills confidence in the transaction. QCI law will help you organize your files for the E2 Visa application, the documents necessary include the following:

  • Specific information on employees including nationality, hours worked, duties and more
  • Tax information and financial documents to prove the health of the business
  • Descriptions and proof of the operation of the business
  • Descriptions and plans for the expansion of the business
  • Receipts, invoices, sales orders, and other standard information
  • Marketing materials and prospect information
  • more

Our Service Deliverables

  • Document Request, Analyses, and Organization
  • Presentation prepared on your business that can be presented to potential purchasers
  • Opinion letter on Queen City Immigration Law letterhead explaining how the company is ideal for an E-2 or L-1 Visa

To schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys to discuss the E-2 or L-1 preparation service, please do not hesitate to contact us at 704-500-2075.





Promoters from around the country have contacted QCI Law to find out how their boxer, mixed martial artist, jiu jitsu practitioner, and other fighting athletes can obtain Permanent Legal Residence (“Green Card”) through their profession. It is no secret that these applications are difficult to get approved and a lot of information is required to be successful.  EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 applications often do not adequately articulate both the industry of the sport and the merits of every achievement accomplished the athlete. Successful petitions also require a lot of proof from credible sources. It pays dividends to engage an immigration lawyer that understands the combat sports industry, has contacts within the industry, and also the ability to tell the athlete’s story to obtain Permanent Legal Resident status.


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Queen City Immigration Law                                                                                         August 3, 2018

222 S. Church St

Charlotte, NC 28205



CHARLOTTE, NC – Queen City Immigration Law (QCI Law) is a Charlotte, North Carolina-based full-service immigration law firm that focuses on the strategic needs of combat sports athletes and combat sports industry professionals all over the world. QCI Law specializes in the purposeful, intelligent and thorough representation in Permanent Legal Residence applications (Green Cards), P visas, and O visas for athletes, trainers, and coaches. QCI Law also advocates for combat sports business professionals with employment and investment based visa solutions. For exceptional service to the combat sports community we are partnering with a firm based in Ontario to provide immigration support in Canada.

QCI Law’s combat sports specific practice ( is one of the nation’s only practice groups focused on the needs of combat sports related industries such as boxing, brazilian jiu jitsu, professional wrestling, mixed martial arts, traditional martial arts, and other sports. QCI Law’s clients include world class athletes, management teams, and of course event promotion groups. The Combat Sports practice group leader, Sherrod Seward, noticed the need for expansion to Canada and took action.

“‘We love the fight business. It is our job to keep promoters streamlined, organized, and stress free for immigration matters” Says Sherrod Seward. “We are the most organized and talented lawyers in this niche field. The market dictated that we extend our helpfulness to Canada”

Many of QCI’s current clients are recognizing the opportunity for both gate and media distribution revenue in Canada as well as the significant talent pool in the country. Partnering with a recognized and established law firm in Ontario allows the firm to be full-service regardless of jurisdiction.

Benefits of the partnership for combat sports promotions including the following:

* Saving time on document requests for outside legal assistance

* Complete integration of your immigration cases through our online portal                                                     


* Troubleshooting potential pitfalls such as criminal history clearances

* Saving the day. We are the best at articulating combat sports issues to USCIS

Specific expertise in combat sports related Immigration is an underappreciated until something goes wrong. Our combat sports practice is tested and proven in the tough business of combat sports. If you are interested in finding out more about QCI Law’s Combat Sports Practice, please contact our office at 704-500-2045 or email

Canada as an option for International Students and Skilled Foreign Workers in the United State Permanent Resident Status

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Even for highly educated and skilled professionals, obtaining a non-immigrant visa or permanent legal residence in the United States is extremely difficult. This is also very true for international students in the United States that are having issues changing status from F-1 to an employment based visa after graduation from school and/or using up their OPT.

The most appropriate business visa for foreign skilled workers and international professionals is the H-1B visa and employers are increasingly unwilling to participate as sponsors. For this reason, certain individuals who are skilled and experience, may want to consider Canada as a viable option to migrate if the United States is not working out.

In Canada, obtaining Permanent Residence status is not as stringent as the United States and there are various self sponsorship options that do not require an employer to participate in the process. Canada’s Quebec Province even offers special programmes for francofone professionals that do not require a job offer as well.

Highlights and Features of Canada Permanent Resident Status:

  • For International Students, Foreign Professionals & H-1B Workers in US

    • Express entry (electronic point based selection system)

    • Great for Persons under 35

    • Masters preferred but bachelor degrees are possible

    • 3 years of work history preferred

    • Requires high proficiency in English

  • For Francophone Speakers - International Students, Professionals, and H-1B Workers

    • Quebec immigration program- no job offer required- opening in august

    • Fluent French, writing, listening, speaking , reading and medium English

    • Education min bachelor (master of course better)

    • Age up to 35 but higher can be permissible too

    • Minimum 3 years experience ( anything which is not a low skilled positionl, does not have to be related to education)

Note: ALL of above for PERMANENT RESIDENCE (i.e. like Green Card for U.S. Permanent Legal Residence. Also,  after 3 years living in Canada as permanent residents, applicants can possibly apply for Canadian Citizenship)

Recap of the Employment and Entrepreneurship options in the United States:

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) typically grants two types of visas:

  1. Immigrant. These are permanent. Get an immigrant visa, and you receive a Green Card also known as Permanent Legal Residence

  2. Non-immigrant. These visas are temporary—either on a temporary, seasonal, annual, or three-year basis or more.

Immigrant Visas:

  • EB-1. Reserved for Priority Workers. For foreign nationals of extraordinary ability in the sciences, arts, education, business or athletics.

      • It is a very high bar to obtain these visas and can be very expensive to prepare these applications.

  • EB-2. Reserved for professionals with advanced degrees or persons with exceptional ability in the sciences, arts or business.

      • These option requires an employer to sponsor or a national interest waiver, which is also expensive and difficult to obtain.

  • EB-3. Reserved for "Skilled" or "Professional Workers," defined as: foreign national professionals with bachelor's degrees not qualifying for a higher preference category; skilled workers with two years training; and experience and unskilled workers. In almost all cases, a job offer and labour certification are required. More recently the introduction of Programmed Electronic Review Management (PERM) is making the application process more complicated but is cutting waiting times significantly.

      • This option requires a labor certification that requires that the position to be marketed to U.S. Citizens first before being offered to a foreign worker.

  • EB-4. Special Immigrants. Reserved for religious workers, employees and former employees of the US government abroad.

      • These options only apply in limited circumstances.

  • EB-5. Immigrant Investor visa. Reserved for those who set-up a business in the States with a minimum investment figure of at least $500,000.

    • This program is obviously the most expensive option and is also under political scrutiny. The $500,000 investments must go through regional centers which are not always reputable. Also investments are typically $1,000,000 or more without a Regional Center.

Non-Immigrant Visas:

Non-immigrant visas typically have a limit placed upon them as to how many applicants can receive the status. With H-2B and H-1B visas, the cap is 66,000 individuals per year.

It is notoriously difficult to get these types of visas, unless the applicant is able to apply as soon as the opportunity to do so arises. Applicants that wait to 30 days prior to the opening of the cap often miss out on the chance to be approved to hire nonimmigrant workers.

Non-immigrant Employment Visas

  • H-1B. Speciality Worker. Reserved for professions in which specific labour shortages are experienced in specialised industries. Qualifications for the via include college education and extraordinary ability.

      • There is a cap on the amount of these visas that is reached on the first couple days of its eligibility. Employers are increasingly unwilling to use this option.

  • H-2A. Reserved for temporary and seasonal agriculture workers. This program supplements the needs of farms, greenhouses, and other agriculturally-oriented businesses throughout the United States. There is no cap on this visa status, but the requirements placed upon the employers are very strict.

      • This visa is not appropriate for professional workers.

  • H-2B. Reserved for temporary and seasonal unskilled NonImmigrant workers. This visa is typically sought by employers and workers in the Hospitality, Tourism, Construction, Landscaping, and other unskilled industries.

      • This is also typically reserved for non-skilled workers and also the cap is making employers unwilling to use this option

  • Intracompany Transfers. Employees of foreign companies with parent companies, branches or subsidiaries in the US are able to work in the United States under the L Intracompany Transferee visa designation.

    • L-1A. Reserved for executive or managerial roles

    • L-1B. This status covers specialised skills and knowledge.

        • This option requires the existence of a foreign business with common ownership with the U.S. based company. The foreign business must be at least 3 years old and only certain employees and executives can use the L-1 Visa.

Non-Immigrant Entrepreneurship Visas

  • E Treaty Traders and Investors. A Treaty Trader is an individual from a country with which the US has a trade treaty.

  • E-1. Treaty Trader. Reserved for those carrying out a trade of an international nature. Typically granted to those doing business on their own behalf, but also allowed for individuals doing business as the employee of a foreign business.

  • E-2. Treaty Investor. The E-2 is for those who invest a 'substantial' amount of capital in a US enterprise that they are seeking to develop. This designation is often popular with business-oriented individuals from the British Isles. Renewals, which are typically granted for three years, can be gained should the business continue to meet the requirements. Spouses and unmarried children under 21 years of age can accompany the primary beneficiaries.

Applying for Permanent Legal Residence in Canada

The Express Entry program is Canada’s expedited process for obtaining Permanent Residence. All applicants are processed through a score based system that analyses specific talents, experiences, and career potential of the applicants. The top ranking applicants are notified of an invitation to become Permanent Residents. After receiving the Permanent Resident invitation, the applicant has a few options to accept the invitation.

Applicants may chose a providence, open a business, obtain assistance from a family member, or take advantage of francophone skills in Quebec. Benefits afforded to Permanent Residents include universal healthcare coverage, work authorization, and travel privileges throughout Canada. To maintain permanent resident status, you must maintain residence within Canada for two out of five years.

Obtaining Citizenship in Canada

Citizenship requires that a person be a Permanent Resident and maintain physical presence in Canada for at least 1,460 days (four 365-day periods) in the six years immediately before the date of the Citizenship application. Applicants must also be prepared to submit 4 years of tax returns and demonstrate the ability to speak English and/or French.

For more information, please use the form below to be placed in contact with competent attorneys in Canada for a formal consultation.

Detención de ICE, Audiencias de Fianza de Inmigración y Defensa de Deportación

Detención de ICE, Audiencias de Fianza de Inmigración y Defensa de Deportación

Con mayor frecuencia, los inmigrantes que no tienen residencia legal permanente u otro tipo de estatus de no inmigrante están siendo ubicados en centros de detención de inmigrantes en todo el país. Existen muchas razones por las cuales un inmigrante será internado en la detención del Servicio de Inmigración y Control de Aduanas de los Estados Unidos ("ICE") como una multa de tráfico, una violación de libertad condicional, arresto general, documentos falsos y otros delitos penales.

USCIS Requirements for Co-working Spaces - How to Qaulify

Foreign Entrepreneurs from all over the world are increasingly running their businesses online and no longer require the traditional brick and mortar office spaces. For example, there are great business innovators that operate multi-million dollar distribution businesses using platforms such as Ebay and Alibabba which does not require them to have their own warehouse space. 

As a result, many foreign entrepreneurs are turning to co-working spaces and community business incubators to register their business in the United States to take advantage of E and L category visas. Unfortunately, many of these entrepreneurs receive push back on their applications from USCIS for non-compliance with the physical office space requirements and are unable to rectify the issues, resulting in the denial of E-2 and L-1 visa applications. 

Here are some of the requirements that USCIS requires in circumstances when the E-2 or L-1 applicant desires to use co-working arrangements for the physical office space requirement:

1. A complete copy of co-working agreement lease, signed and dated by both the lessor and the lessee. The agreement should indicate the total square footage of the premises. The agreement should explain the type of building the U.S. subsidiary is occupying, such as an office suite, factory, warehouse, apartment, house, etc.

 2. A statement defining the purpose of the U.S. subsidiary. For example, the statement can describe the purpose of the space as a sales office, representative agency, distributorship, etc.  

3. The E-2 or L-1 Visa application should include information on why the co-working space is sufficient for the business function of the beneficiary. 

4. A letter from the owner of the premises confirming the property owner allows the co-working company to sublease to the U.S. subsidiary (if the co-working company does not own the building). 

5. A copy of the agreement between the owner and the original lessee permitting the sublease of the space, if applicable. 

6. Color photos of the U.S. entity's premises. We recommend that photos show the inside and outside of all factory, production, warehouse, and office spaces. Equipment, merchandise, products and employees should be visible. 

7. Evidence of payments being made on the sublease. Prepaid rent is appropriate. 

Our law firm is well versed on clearly articulating the appropriateness of co-working space to USCIS for our L-1 and E-2 clients. In addition, we have relationships with co-working space providers that comply with USCIS requirements. For more information, please give our office a-call at 704-500-2075 or click the link below to review our foreign subsidiary services. 

Pictures from Hello Summer Presented by Seward Tran LLP

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HELLO SUMMER 2018 Pictures

Seward Tran LLP presented a summer get together for local professionals and entrepreneurs on the roof top of the Peculiar Rabbit in Plaza Midwood Thursday, June 14, 2018.  

This event was hosted by Sherrod Seward, a Partner at the Law Firm of Seward Tran LLP. Seward Tran was celebrating Sherrod's recent recognition as one of the top 100 under 40 most influential persons of African decent by the United Nations.  

Highlights from the event are below!

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