I am a tennis coach and Im doing my OPT for the second time(masters degree). I have been in the US for 8 years now. I talked to the lawyers of the tennis academy I work at and they told me I have a better chance to obtain a green card than an O or P1 visa. I have only coached here in the US and not back in my home country and that is why the O visa wouldn't work for me. I have not play any professional tournaments I only did juniors and college and thats why P1 wouldn't work for me... That's what the lawyer told me. I just want to know if applying for a green card through my job is my best option?!
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An O Visa might be a bit of a stretch, but a P visa for an essential support worker may be a better fit. This visa can be issued to a person who will assist the athletic performance of a P-1 alien, such as a coach.
Your company should be able to process this for you, they have probably done many of these in the past.
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