Established in early 2020, these proclamations have prohibited travel from dozens of countries in an attempt to restrict the spread of COVID-19. In May, however, Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the DHS signed an executive order granting an exemption to certain sports leagues, but the exemption only applied to the National Basketball Association, National Hockey League, United States Tennis Association, Professional Golfers’ Association, and a few other organizations.
Oakland Legal Group has successfully petitioned DHS and CBP to add Top Rank, Inc. to the list of exemptions, which means the organization can now send athletes, their family members, and their assistants to the United States from COVID-19 banned countries. These individuals can now get expedited appointments and National Interest Exemptions at consular offices—including offices that have been completely closed.
We were able to obtain an exemption for Top Rank, Inc. by making the following arguments, accompanied by substantial supporting evidence:
- Top Rank, Inc. employs recommended public safety measures, such as limiting attendance and creating a “bubble” environment
- The sports industry is critical to the U.S. economy’s recovery
- Top Rank, Inc. provides first- and second-order economic benefits through advertising, international broadcasting, hospitality, commercial cleaning, and food service
- The sports industry intangibly benefits the United States via civic pride and national unity
Top Rank, Inc. has promoted some of history’s greatest boxers and is currently one of the largest professional boxing companies in the world. The organization has worked hard to maintain this legacy despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to have supported their work through dedicated legal advocacy.
Oakhurst Legal Group assists individuals and organizations from all over the globe with visas, national interest waivers, and other matters related to international travel. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered enormous challenges for every industry, and we have worked tirelessly to continue providing top-tier legal counsel and advocacy for our clients. If you need effective assistance with the visa process or another legal matter, please call (704) 288-1003 or contact us online today.