Global Immigration Attorney


Athlete & Sports Visa Lawyers in Los Angeles

Serving Professional & Amateur Athletes in LA and Nationwide

Affiliated with Sherrod Sports Visas, Oakhurst Immigration Law is one of the United States’ premier resources for national team countries, foreign promotions, domestic promotions, and individual athletes looking to obtain visas. If you are an international athlete or essential supporting staff member, you can expect our team to educate you about the process, provide honest insights, help you write support letters, and state your credentials to USCIS.

In recent years, we have helped world-renowned athletes and sports professionals obtain entry to the United States, represent their countries, and retain access to the world’s best athletic training facilities. We would like to do the same for you.

Do not hesitate to contact us for details on sports immigration matters, such as eligibility requirements, filing fees, and general timelines. Call (310) 742-8005 to schedule your free consultation today.

What We Can Do for You

Oakhurst Immigration Law focuses on helping clients obtain both immigrant and nonimmigrant visas.

Generally, visa options for athletes include:

  • P-1A classification for professional athletes who are internationally known or recognized
  • O-1 classification for aliens of extraordinary ability in their respective sports
  • P-1S/O-2 classification for essential support personnel (agents, managers, training staff, sparring partners, nutritionists, etc.) of P-1 and O-1 visa holders
  • P-4 and O-3 classification for spouses and children of P-1, O-1, P-1S, and O-2 visa holders
  • Employment-based immigrant visas (green cards)

We help clients obtain these visas for single competitions, promotional contracts, management agreements, training and coaching, and other solutions for sports industry business professionals.

Here are just a few of the types of athletes and sports professionals we serve:

  • Tennis players
  • Soccer/futbol players
  • Boxers (we’ve helped world-famous boxers, like Cecilia Braekhus, Otto Wallin, Carl Frampton, and Meena Kumari, along with top boxing managers, promotions, and facilities)
  • Professional fighters (serving BJJ athletes, mixed martial artists, traditional martial artists, and other combat sports athletes)
  • Olympic athletes (great candidates for permanent residence)
  • Equestrian & rodeo sports athletes (addressing the unique needs of horse stables, racing agents, racing events, jockeys, and other individuals who raise horses and compete in rodeo or equestrian events)
  • Hockey athletes (great candidates for permanent residence)
  • Motorsports & car racing professionals (serving drivers, managers, pit crew, engineers, mechanics, designers, etc.)
  • Basketball players (helping players make the transition from high school to college to professional levels, as well as access opportunities with the National Basketball Association, NBA G League, NBA developmental programs, and other professional basketball opportunities)
  • Extreme sports athletes (serving skaters, bmx bikers, skiers, and more)
  • E-sports professionals (serving esports athletes, influencers, business professionals, and more)

Real Clients. Real Results.

  • Best in the business!

    - Andre Berenzon
  • This firm pays attention to detail and is always accessible.

    - LaFarran Durman
  • Oakhurst Immigration Law gives you that feeling of family immediately.

    - Curtis Williams
  • Sherrod and his team are very professional, extremely knowledgeable about sports visa's and easy to talk to.

    - Sheena Maria
  • Sherrod works hard for his clients...

    - Seth Seward

Looking for Extraordinary Legal Services?

Whether you’re an international athlete, manager, coach, or any other sports professional, our team at Oakhurst Immigration Law can help you obtain legal status. We provide counsel and representation for a broad variety of extraordinary individuals from all over the world. As such, we have a multifaceted perspective, in-depth understanding of the immigration system, and familiarity with innumerable industries. Do you want to file a successful visa application? If so, enlist our support today.

O vs. P Visas for Athletes

Choosing the correct visa category is critical to your success. Some visas are only suited to certain types of sports professionals participating in certain types of activities. If you choose an inappropriate visa for your situation, you likely will not qualify for legal status in the eyes of USCIS.

To choose between an O and P visa, you will need to consider several factors—namely, the activities you will be completing during your stay.

O-1 visas are best for those who:

  • Are high-level athletes;
  • Are training in the United States but are not competing; and/or
  • Have media and endorsement contacts with brands and companies in the United States.

P-1 visas, on the other hand, are best for those who are:

  • Coming to the U.S. to participate in internationally recognized competitions;
  • Fulfilling an out-of-season competition schedule; and/or
  • Competing in exhibitions (either with or against a national team).

If you do not have a competition schedule, you may still be able to obtain a P-1 visa if you describe your practice sessions as exhibitions.

Some foreign athletes may only need the B-1 visitor visa, but these are extremely limited in terms of your permitted activities. Most critically, you cannot be paid for work in the U.S. on a B-1 visa. The only exception is prize money, and you must exercise caution when accepting these payments as well.

Ultimately, no amount of research will compare to the personalized guidance you will receive from our attorneys at Oakhurst Immigration Law. If you want to know which visa is right for you, let us assess your situation and provide counsel backed by years of experience.

Ready to get started? Call (310) 742-8005 or contact us online. We provide services in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, and Arabic.

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We work exclusively in O & P visas, ensuring that you get the best representation from people who know what they are doing. Reach out to us today to discuss your unique case.