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Friday, November 16, 2012
Proving Extraordinary Ability for Athlete Seeking Work Visa to U.S.
this article by Jere Longman in today's New York Times particularly interesting:
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...[A]n immigration case involving an Iranian table tennis player has raised question about exactly what status an international athlete must achieve before being granted preferential entry into the United States. Is it enough to be the best in your own home country? Or must you also be among the best in the world?
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Being an Olympic athlete in a recent Olympic Games does not show extraordinary ability? Tough crowd. Then again, he's 27-years-old, and in table tennis that means his upside has likely already been shown:
The absence of Noroozi as a player is unlikely to make any difference in American fortunes, officials said. An athlete who is ranked only 284th in the world at age 27 is “not likely to see a huge surge in the next five years,” said Sean O’Neill, a spokesman for USA Table Tennis and a former Olympian.Though it makes perfect sense, it's interesting how player development analysis can impact whether one gets a visa.