Visa for a Mixed Martial Arts Coach

I am starting a mixed martial arts school in San Diego and would like to bring a several instructors here to teach. I have an individual from Brazil and another from Thailand. They’ve both won several tournaments in BJJ and Mui Thai and have coached fighters competing in both PRIDE and UFC. While my school isn’t […]

Posted on August 22, 2012 at 7:52 pm by Immigration Lawyer Peter Messersmith · Permalink · 3 Comments
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Is an O1 Visa or P1 Visa More Appropriate for a Rock Band?

Hi, we have a well known band in the UK and are looking to tour the US. I’ve spoken to several different lawyers and they are all giving me different advice. Can you tell me if we should be looking to get an O visa or P visa? While it is technically possible for the lead in […]

P3 Visa Denial

I am the leader of a small band from the Dominican Republic that sings Perico ripiao. We applied for a P3 visa so we could perform at several locations in the US. Our case was denied by INS because they said our performances were not culturally unique. We received a notice that we could appeal but I don’t […]

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 9:46 am by Immigration Lawyer Peter Messersmith · Permalink · One Comment
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Agents May Sponsor O and P Nonimmigrants Under Certain Circumstances

Under 8 CFR 214.2(o)(2)(i) and 8 CFR 214.2 (p)(2)(i), O and P petitions may only be filed by a U.S. employer, a U.S. agent, or a foreign employer through a U.S agent. Both the O and P regulations provide that if the beneficiary employee will work concurrently for more than one employer within the same […]

Posted on December 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm by Immigration Lawyer Peter Messersmith · Permalink · One Comment
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