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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 athletes and sports industry professionals from 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. We are pleased to announce plans to actively grow our E-sports (also known as electronic sports, or eSports) Immigration practice.

QCI Law’s sports esports specific practice (www.esportsimmigration.com) is one of the nation’s only practice groups focused on the immigration needs of e-sport athletes and support staff. We are able to obtain P visas through leagues, management teams, development companies, and more. We understand how to articulate the attributes and accomplishments of common video game genres associated with esports such as real-time strategy (RTS), first-person shooter (FPS), fighting, multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA), and more. The  E-sports practice group leader, Sherrod Seward, noticed the need for specialized services for E-sports Immigration

“‘E-sports is absolutely booming and it is so accessible to athletes from all over the world” Says Sherrod Seward. “We know how to speak the E-sport language and best present international gamers for successful immigration petitions.” 

Many national brands and United States based celebrities are recognizing the massive opportunities presented in E-sports as well. Well known athletes that are involved in E-sports include such Rick Fox's who owns Echo Fox, Jeremy Lin who owns Team VGJ, and Shaquille O'Neal who invests in NRG Esports.

The most popular visa for e-sport athletes is the P-1A visa. The P-1A visa can last for up to 5 years and is extendable to 10 years. There are also derivative visas available for the spouse and children of the P-1A holder. The P-1A holder can even obtain visas for their integral support staff such as coaches and managers.

How to qualify for P visa as an gaming athlete

  • Evidence of having legally contracted with a major E-sports league, tournament or team

  • A written consultation from an appropriate labor organization

  • Evidence demonstrating that the athlete meets at least two of the following criteria:

    • Significant participation E-sports league in prior seasons

    • Participation in international competitions with a national team

    • Written statement from a E-sports league or official of the sport’s governing body demonstrating the alien’s or team’s international recognition

    • Written statement from the sports media or a recognized expert

    • International ranking provided by internationally recognized sports’ organizations

    • Significant honors/awards in the sport

Specific expertise in E-sports related Immigration is an underappreciated until something goes wrong. Our combat sports practice is tested and proven in the growing world of E-sports. If you are interested in finding out more about QCI Law’s E-sports immigration practice, please contact our office at (704) 500-2075 or email.

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