Italian Tennis Player, Stefano Ianni, obtains P-1 visa as a Professional Athlete

Congratulations to Italian Tennis Player, Stefano Ianni, for the recent approval of his P-1 visa as a Professional Tennis Player.

Issue:  

Ianni has been traveling back and forth between the U.S. and Italy on a B-1 visitor’s visa, competing in ITF Futures tennis matches on the Men’s Professional Circuit in the U.S. In the beginning of 2010, while playing in Futures matches in South Florida, Ianni achieved his career-high ATP rankings as a Professional Tennis Player. Having so much success playing in Florida, Ianni came to our office to inquire about obtaining a different type of visa so that he could live, train, and play in South Florida without any restrictions.

Solution:  

Our office worked with Ianni to find a reputable organization to sponsor him for a P-1 visa which allows professional athletes who are “internationally recognized” to obtain visas to compete in the U.S. for up to five years. USCIS approved Ianni’s P-1 visa in less than two weeks from the date of filing. Ianni has a career-high ATP ranking of #300 in Men’s Singles and #284 Men’s Doubles Tennis in the world. He is currently ranked in the 400s in both Singles and Doubles tennis. Ianni will be playing tennis and training in the sunny climate of South Florida in hope of climbing the ATP rankings. He is sponsored by Australian USA, the U.S. branch of the popular Italian sportswear company, Australian by L’Alpina. Ianni will compete in ITF Futures and ATP Challengers matches around the U.S. We wish Stefano Ianni the best of luck in improving his ATP rankings!

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