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Athlete & Sports Visa Lawyers in Charlotte

Serving Professional & Amateur Athletes Nationwide

Oakhurst Legal Group 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. Our Charlotte sports visa attorneys 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 (704) 288-1003 to schedule your free consultation today.

What We Can Do for You

Oakhurst Legal Group 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)

To learn more about how we can assist you, contact our Charlotte sports visa lawyers today.


Real Clients. Real Reviews.

  • I am forever grateful.

    “I have been a client for Darlene Harris for about 3 years. She goes above and beyond to get the job done.”

    - Jarrell
  • Darlene is flat out AMAZING.

    “I’m a community activist and get arrested regularly—there isn’t another person in Charlotte I want to defend my civil rights. She has won every one of my cases!”

    - Jennifer
  • Attorney Darlene Harris has been a trusted legal guide for many years.

    “I am assured that she is always defending and advising me with integrity and a thorough understanding of the law!”

    - Robbie
  • This Firm Pays Attention to Detail and Is Always Accessible.

    “This firm pays attention to detail and is always accessible. They are willing to go above and beyond for their clients.”

    - LaFarran Durman
  • Best in the Business!

    “Best in the business! Was having issues getting a sports visa approved and ever since day one after we switched and started working with Sherrod, the experience was outstanding.”

    - Andre Berenzon
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Our Victories Speak for Themselves

  • Successful Petition for E-2 Visas Auto Investor Ari Heikkinen and Wife Kaarina Received E-2 Visas

    Sherrod Seward of Oakhurst Legal Group successfully petitioned for E-2 investor visas for Finland national Ari Heikkinen and his spouse, Kaarina Heikkinen.

  • Successful Not Guilty Verdict DUI Charge

    Client was found not guilty at trial due to a successful litigation strategy crafted and used by Attorney Harris.

  • Successful Case Dismissal Felony Charge

    Client charged with felony inciting a riot. After disputing the evidence presented by the D.A. and noting their obvious lack of evidence, this case was dismissed prior to trial.

  • Successful Case Dismissal Felony Possession of Marijuana Charge

    Client charged with possession of marijuana for edible foods. After disputing the lack of evidence and proof in the case, charges were dismissed prior to trial.

  • Successful Case Dismissal Local Ordinance Violation

    Client charged with violating a local ordinance. Attorney Harris argued that the ordinance itself was unlawful therefore, in the interest of justice the case should be dismissed prior to trial.

  • Three-Year Visa Approved Obaika Racing, LLC President and CEO Approved for Three-Year Visa

    We effectively petitioned for a three-year approval for Obaika Racing, LLC superstar Victor Obaika’s L-1A status.

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