Sports & Immigration Attorney, Jordan Butler, Secures P-1 Visa for International Athlete Dia Evtimova

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Jordan Butler, a partner in the Las Vegas office practicing litigation and sports immigration, successfully petitioned for a P-1 "international recognition" visa on behalf of professional tennis player Dia Evtimova.  USCIS granted the maximum initial five-year period requested without a request for evidence (RFE). The P-1 classification applies to TO athletes coming into the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition at an internationally recognized level of performance.

 Ms. Evtimova is a professional tennis player from Bulgaria competing on the WTA and ITF Tour.  As an amateur, Ms. Evitmova was a top international junior player ranked No. 1 in Europe ahead of the likes of Maria Sharapova.  Ms. Evtimova's professional career includes appearances at the sport's grand slams; numerous nominations to Bulgaria's Fed Cup Team, where her 15 international victories ranks her second all-time in the country; and, several ITF titles in singles and doubles.

The P-1 visa will allow Ms. Evtimova to now train and reside in the U.S. while continuing to compete on tour and in U.S.-based professional tournaments.

Las Vegas Attorney Specializing in Sports Immigration Law Attended the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament

Las Vegas attorney Jordan Butler recently attended the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York City.  Mr. Butler met with numerous current and prospective clients of the firm, including professional tennis players and top coaches from around the world, regarding U.S. employment visas under the P-1 and O-1 categories.  These visas are geared towards international athletes and support personnel who meet the international recognition standard (P-1) and/or extraordinary ability standard (O-1). Mr. Butler has successfully petitioned for P-1 and O-1 visas on behalf of several top-ranked international tennis players and coaches.

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