Is there a threat to the number of available U visas under Trump Administration

The U-Visa program was implemented through laws passed by congress and not an executive maneuver. Therefore, President Trump is unable on his own to cancel the U Visa program or change the program in a material manner, for example, by decreasing the number of visas available. In order to make these changes, Trump would need congress to actually change the law. Convincing congress to change laws, especially when it comes to immigration reform, takes a very long time.

Immigration reform is a hot topic for congress but the U Visa program is likely not high on the priority list of desired changes. The U visa program accounts for a very small percentage of the immigration flow to the United States and has public interest merits to encourage immigrants to apply for this visa if eligible. The public interest merit is that the U Visa encourages immigrants to support law enforcement efforts which is important to political forces that typically want more restrictive immigration rules.

Even if the Trump administration was successful in convincing the House of Representatives to cancel or change the U Visa, it is unlikely to pass in the United States Senate. The Senate is usually more moderate than the house and more closely divided among political parties  lines. It would be very unlikely for the Trump administration to get the majority of votes needed to cancel or change the U Visa program and this program remains an excellent choice for persons who qualify for the visa.

Queen City Immigration Law is a full-service immigration law firm based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our firm focuses on the strategic needs of our clients - scientists, researchers, business owners. We also advocate for individuals and families all over the world.  For exceptional service, we have attorneys and staff with fluency in French, Vietnamese, Spanish, and Polish. For more information, do not hesitate to call our offices at 704-500-2075.



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CHARLOTTE, NC – Queen City Immigration Law (QCI Law), a Charlotte based full service immigration law firm, is pleased to announce that Partner Sherrod Seward, Esq. is recognized as one of the top 100 Under 40 Most Influential People of African Descent by the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent Organization.

In support of the International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by United Nations’ General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) identifies high achievers of African descent in public and private sectors from all around the world as a progressive network of relevant actors to join together in the spirit of recognition, justice and development of Africa, it's people on the continent and across it's Diaspora.

“‘I am typically uncomfortable when it comes to receiving recognition” Says Sherrod Seward. “However, this is wonderful news. I’m honored that someone out there understands what we are putting together over at Queen City Immigration Law”

As the emerging market business development leader at Queen City Immigration Law, Sherrod Seward spent much of 2017 educating business owners from the African Diaspora about how to eliminate trade barriers through immigration incentives. Sherrod’s efforts included modering panels, writing articles, and advocating to private and government partners.

Immigration is an underappreciated incentive to global business development, with small to medium sized enterprises. In truth, foreign business partners in emerging markets often do not know of the immigration opportunities available for business people. Queen City Immigration Law will continue advocating for business leaders in emerging markets in 2018 and beyond.

A celebration will take place on June 14th on the rooftop the Peculiar Rabbit located in Charlotte's popular Plaza Midwood District. The reception is from 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.  and will feature great food, drinks, and music. To RSVP for this reception please visit 

If you are interested in finding out more about Queen City Immigration Law, please contact our office at 704-500-2075 or email

About Sherrod Seward

Sherrod Seward is an experienced lawyer with a passion for entertainment, investment, and employment-based immigration law and international business in emerging markets. In addition, he has an extensive background in global risk mitigation as a broker with the Export-Import Bank of the United States. The same cultured approach Sherrod brings to Queen City Immigration Law,  he also applies to his extreme love for all things Cleveland and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts including Sherrod began his legal career at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and did his undergrad at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia. Since obtaining his Juris Doctor, Sherrod has become more intentional than ever to be an advocate for clients in need of international legal assistance.

Real Estate Project Development - Using L-1 Visa Program to Encourage Foreign Investment

Real Estate Project Development - Using L-1 Visa Program to Encourage Foreign Investment

The profitable and liquid United States real estate market is a major source of projects for foreign investors around the world. In 2017, the United States real estate market attracted more foreign investment than any other country in the the world, bringing in over $19.8 billion. Historically, most foreign investments typically have gone into commercial real estate projects, such as large office buildings.

Queen City Immigration Law is reaching out to Real Estate Developers to provide an education about the usefulness and the effectiveness of the L-1 intra-company transfer visa to encourage foreign direct investment into real estate projects.

Foreign investors who are already in the business of real estate development or management may be able to qualify for the L-1 intra-company transfer visa by setting up a subsidiary of their foreign business in the United States. The L-1 category enables a business entity to transfer an executive, manager or professional employee with specialized knowledge relating to the organization’s products, services, equipment, techniques, processes, or procedures from a foreign office to an office in the United States. This classification also enables a foreign company without operations in the United States to send an executive or manager to the United States with the purpose of establishing a new business.

Queen City Immigration Law Obtains a National Interest Waiver for a Biomedical Researcher

Queen City Immigration Law Obtains a National Interest Waiver for a Biomedical Researcher

We are happy and proud to announce that Queen City Immigration Law has recently won an approval of an immigrant petition for a biomedical researcher in an employment-based second preference category with a national interest waiver. This is the firm's first EB-2 case that was granted the national interest waiver based on the new test that was established in the Matter of Dhanasar just 16 months ago.

"This is very exciting news to our client, to our firm, and to the United States," said attorney Tran. Trauma injuries is the number one cause of deaths in individuals under 40 in the United States and also the leading cause of preventable war deaths. "The United States needs to attract more scientists and researchers like our client, by granting them permanent residency, to help preserve the lives of its civilian population who get injured in motor vehicle crashes or other accidents as well as its military service members who get wounded in combat abroad."

Exenciones penales para atletas y animadores que buscan visas P

Exenciones penales para atletas y animadores que buscan visas P

Existe una idea errónea de que tener un pasado criminal, especialmente condenas por delitos graves, evitará que un boxeador potencial, un artista de artes marciales mixtas u otro participante en un deporte de combate obtenga una visa P o una visa O. Si bien esto es absolutamente cierto para una persona que busca migrar a los Estados Unidos, esto no es necesariamente cierto para alguien que busca venir a los Estados Unidos de manera temporal sin la intención de quedarse. Si usted es un luchador o un entrenador que ha cometido errores en el pasado, bien podría valer la pena tomarse el tiempo y los gastos de solicitar una exención para abrir las puertas y la oportunidad de realizar su oficio en los Estados Unidos.

La forma apropiada de obtener alivio a la inadmisibilidad para los atletas y entrenadores no inmigrantes a los Estados Unidos es la exención §212 (d) (3). Esta exención se aplica tanto a la visa P como a la categoría de visas O junto con otras visas, como las visas J-1 para estudiantes y las visas de trabajo H-1B. A diferencia de las visas de inmigrante, la exención para visas de no inmigrante, como la visa P y las categorías de visa O, tienen un estándar mucho menos estricto para su aprobación. Por ejemplo, típicamente solo los delitos menores de marihuana son elegibles para exenciones para visas de inmigrantes, como cuando una persona busca convertirse en un residente legal permanente ("Green Card Holder"). En contraste, hay relativamente pocas barreras absolutas para la aprobación de la exención de visa de no-inmigrante §212 (d) (3) y estas barrerasabsolutas típicamente involucran razones de seguridad política y / o de patria, tales como las siguientes:

• Planeó o planea cometer espionaje o sabotaje

• Planeó o planeó cometer cualquier actividad ilegal

• Planeó o planea derrocar al gobierno por la fuerza

• Motivos de política exterior

• Membresía en el Partido Nazi

• Participacionencometergenocidio

El estándar para aprobar el §212 (d) (3) de exención de visa de no inmigrante para luchadores y entrenadores también es mucho más obtenible que una exención de visa de inmigrante. El problema es que la autoridad de los funcionarios de inmigración para aprobar la exención de la visa de no-inmigrante §212 (d) (3) para peleadores y entrenadores es un asunto discrecional que quita algo de control de la mano del solicitante. El oficial de inmigración puede aprobar una solicitud tan fácilmente como pueden negar una y no hay un proceso de apelación. Las únicas opciones del luchador o del entrenador si se niega su renuncia al no. 2.122 (d) (3) es buscar una opinión consultiva o simplemente solicitar nuevamente.

El oficial de inmigración considerará tres puntos al determinar si aprueba o no la exención de la visa de no-inmigrante §212 (d) (3) para el boxeador o entrenador. Los tres factores fueron establecidos hace treinta años en el caso en el asunto de Hranka en 1978. Los factores que son considerados por los oficiales de inmigración al determinar si aprobar o no la exención de visa de no-inmigrante de la §212 (d) (3) son como sigue:

• El riesgo potencial de daño a la sociedad si el luchador o el entrenador es admitido en los Estados Unidos

• La gravedad de la infracción a la ley penal o de inmigración del luchador o entrenador; y

• La (s) razón (es) para el luchador del entrenador que busca ingresar a los Estados Unidos.

La tercera parte de esta prueba se refiere a tener un propósito genuino para venir a los Estados Unidos. En el caso de un boxeador, un artista de artes marciales mixtas u otro atleta de deportes de combate, esto se logra con un acuerdo de combate, invitación a la competencia o contrato de empleo.

El proceso de solicitud en relación con el lugar donde el solicitante debe solicitar la exención y las tarifas gubernamentales aplicables, depende del estado de ciudadanía del combatiente extranjero o del entrenador. Si el solicitante es ciudadano de un país exento de visa, como Canadá o el Reino Unido, deberá solicitar en el puerto de entrada o en el puerto de autorización previa. Habrá un requisito para que el solicitante envíe por correo la solicitud o presente la solicitud en persona. Estas entradas también están sujetas a una tarifa del gobierno de $ 585.00 dólares.

Si el solicitante es ciudadano de un país que requiere una visa para viajar a los Estados Unidos, como México, entonces el solicitante deberá solicitar la exención en una oficina consular. Sin embargo, el solicitante no tendrá que pagar la tarifa de presentación de $ 585.00.

Si está interesado en obtener una exención para usted o un atleta / artista que representa, no dude en comunicarse con uno de nuestros abogados para una consulta al 704-500-2075.

Conor McGregor United States Visa Status in Jeopardy

Conor McGregor United States Visa Status in Jeopardy

This past weekend, MMA Superstar Conor McGregor made headlines all over the world when he was involved in a confrontation at Barclay's arena during UFC 223 in Brooklyn, NY. Allegeldy, Mr. McGregor and rivals attack a bus containing a rival fighter after a media conference. The major issue arose because Mr. McGregor was caught on tape throwing a dolly though the window of the bus and injured several athletes who were on the bus. In fact, several athletes we deemed unable to compete during UFC 223. 

Queen City Immigration Law services Visas for Evander Holyfield's Real Deal Boxing

Queen City Immigration Law

Combat Sports Practice


For Immediate Release -

Charlotte, NC, USA (March 19, 2018) –

Former Heavy Champion Evander Holyfield’s Real Deal Boxing, along with the World Boxing Council (“WBC”), announced that their organization will promote an eight man boxing competition in in the welterweight division. Queen City Immigration’s Combat Sports Practice will provide the immigration support for the tournament which begins on April 27 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The first round brackets are as follows:

#1 ranked FELIX DIAZ, (19-2-0, 9 KO’s) of Santa Domingo, D.R. will clash with #8 ranked DERRIECK CUEVAS, (16-0-1, 13 KO’s) of Catano, Puerto Rico.

#2 ranked CHRIS VAN HEERDEN, (25-2-1, 12 KO’s) of Johannesburg, South Africa, faces #7 ranked TIMO SCHWARZKOPF, (18-1-0, 10 KO’s) of Stuttgart, Germany.

#3 ranked FREDRICK LAWSON, (26-1-0, 21 KO’s) battles #6 ranked BAISHANBO NASIYWULA, (13-1-1, 6 KO’s), of Urumqi, China.

#4 ranked RADZHAB BUTAEV, (8-0-0, 6 KO’s) of Russia faces #5 ranked BRAD SOLOMON, (27-1-0, 9 KO’s), of Douglasville, Georgia.

The Queen City Immigration Law is excited to support the foreign born athletes competing in this tournament. “It is always an honor to work with a World Champion such,’ says Partner Sherrod Seward, practice leader of the Queen City Immigration’s Law’s Combat Sports section (“”). “Every athlete in this tournament has the skill set to take home everything, and that is what makes Real Deal Boxing special.”

Queen City Immigration Law specializes in O and P visas for athletes around the world and has a special practice group specifically for combat sports. Queen City Immigration Law is committed to acting as an innovator for improving the usefulness and effectiveness of P and O visa applications for boxers, mixed martial artists, and promotions that organize combat sports competitions.


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 and O 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.

Olympian Boxer receives approval for P Visa status for 2.5 years based on Management Contract

Olympian Boxer receives approval for P Visa status for 2.5 years based on Management Contract

Charlotte based Queen City Immigration Law (“QCI Law”) is pleased to announce a successful P visa petition for Nigerian Olympian who will be making their professional debut soon in the United States. The olympian boxer obtained their visa through her management company which will last for more than two and a half  years and allow the olympian boxer to compete for multiple organizations on the same visa. This is very different from the typical pathway for a combat sports athlete to receive sponsorship from a combat sports promoter. Obtaining a P visa through a management contract rather than through a bout contract allows an combat sport athletes such as boxers, mixed martial artists, and jiu jitsu competitors to extend the length of their P visa and be available to compete with multiple organizations using the same P visa.