I am am bridge player having won National Championship three times and been runners up twice. Mine is a team game and I have represented the national team on many occasions including World Championships and other World and Asian Events. I was a member of the national team that finished runners up in the Asian championship and qualified for the World Championship. I am a certified coach from a major major local organization and have been a coach/trainer of Ladies and Open teams that won Asian Championships and thus qualified for World Championships. I have been a part of School Bridge program trained youths from which a team was selected that represented in the Youth section of the world event. I was amongst the selectors of that young team. Ihave had commercial succes playing for a fancied team but the income is not comparable to other sports as this game does not attract big money sponsors. I can prove though that I earn much more than the others in the same sport in my country. I may be able to get reference letters from some of the best in the field both coaches and players.
Could be. You also must prove you are in fact coming to the U.S. to play bridge professionally.
The above is intended only as general information, and does not constitute legal advice. You must speak with an attorney to discuss your individual case.
You do have strong qualifications but it would be best to bring all your documentation to an attorney.
Alexus P. Sham-The above information is only general in nature and does not constitute legal advice. It does not create an attorney-client relationship.
I agree fervently with my colleagues in suggesting that this type of a case specific question is most appropriate to be answer after review of a record and by an immigration lawyer who did just that not on a free online legal general information blog. You asked for your case analysis, whether you realized that or not.
The information contained in this answer is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as legal advice on any subject matter,not should it be viewed as establishing an attorney client relationship of any kind.
Although meeting three of the following ten criteria will not guarantee that a person qualifies as an individual of extraordinary ability in the arts, sciences, education, business or athletics, if you can not satisfy at least three of the following items, you may wish to consider immigrating through another preference category:
1.Documentation of the alien’s receipt of lesser nationally or internationally- recognized prizes or awards for excellence in the field of endeavor;
2.Documentation of the alien’s membership in associations in the field for which classification is sought, which require outstanding achievements of their members, as judged by recognized national or international experts in their disciplines or fields;
3.Published material about the alien in professional or major trade publications or other major media, relating to the alien’s work in the field for which classification is sought. Such evidence shall include the title, date, and author of the material, and any necessary translation;
4.Evidence of the alien’s participation, either individually or on a panel, as a judge of the work of others in the same or an allied field of specification for which classification is sought;
5.Evidence of the alien’s original scientific, scholarly, artistic, athletic, or business- related contributions of major significance in the field;
6.Evidence of the alien’s authorship of scholarly articles in the field, in professional or major trade publications or other major media;
7.Evidence of the display of the alien’s work in the field at artistic exhibitions or showcases;
8.Evidence that the alien has performed in a leading or critical role for organizations or establishments that have a distinguished reputation;
9.Evidence that the alien has commanded a high salary or other significantly high remuneration for services, in relation to others in the field; or
10.Evidence of commercial successes in the performing arts, as shown by box office receipts or record, cassette, compact disk, or video sales.
The USCIS changed its approach to deciding petitions for persons of extraordinary ability after the Federal Court decision in Kazarian v. USCIS, 596 F.3d 1115 (9 Cir. 2010).
USCIS now follows Kazarian’s two-step test: (1) Determine whether the petitioner has submitted evidence that meets the standards stated above; and (2) Determine whether the evidence submitted is sufficient to demonstrate that the beneficiary or self-petitioner meets the required high level of expertise for the extraordinary ability preference category during a final merits determination.
In other words, USCIS first analyzes whether the person’s evidence meets at least three of the above ten factors listed in the regulations. Only then does the agency consider whether he is a person of extraordinary ability.
Mr. Shusterman's (former INS Trial Attorney, 1976-82) response to your question is general in nature, as not all the facts are known to him. You should retain an attorney experienced in immigration law to review all the facts in your case in order to receive advice specific to your case. Mr. Shusterman's statement above does not create an attorney/client relationship.
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