Can an international student be granted the right to work in US throughout a professional football team?

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Can an international student be granted the right to work in US throughout a professional football team?

I’m an international student attending a community college. Lately I’ve been playing with a football team that is interested in recruiting me as a professional player. The problem is I don’t have a SSN therefore I’m not allowed to work in the US. Could this team sponsor me in order to have a working permit? Is it possible to play for them as a volunteer as it would also give me a good portfolio in case I would like to play in college?

Asked on February 22, 2012 under Immigration Law, Nebraska

Answers:

Harun Kazmi / Kazmi and Sakata Attorneys at Law

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Hello. You may qualify as an Alien with Extraordinary Ability in Athletics/Sports. You would need to prove your high level of play and ability based on your history with other professional teams, championships, etc.


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