Getting creative with immigration law for the sake of professional gamers

By Elizabeth Gibson

The United States is using P-1A visas intended for "internationally recognized athletes" as a way to open its borders to professional video game players (yes, that's a thing). These visas are traditionally used for getting athletes to sporting events hosted in the United States.

NPR has a fascinating story on the immigration concerns of virtual athletes. But don't count on your gaming system getting you across the border just yet. So far, the issuance of P-1A visas to gamers appears relatively limited, with one visa granted to a professional South Korean StarCraft player and another granted to a Canadian League of Legends pro.


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