KC Royals' Victory and Getting Immigration Law Right for U.S. Employers

November 4, 2015


Go Royals! You made us proud! I am joining Kansas City in celebrating the national champions.  I am also celebrating our eight international players (out of the active roster of 25). It is great to see that they are celebrated as our national heroes together with their Royals teammates born in the U.S:


No. 13, Salvador Perez, World Series MVP, from Venezuela
No. 16, Paulo Orlando, from Brazil
No. 25, Kendrys Morales, from Cuba
No. 47, Johnny Cueto, from Dominican Republic
No. 40, Kelvin Herrera, from Dominican Republic
No. 30, Yordano Ventura, from Dominican Republic
No. 36, Edinson Volquez, from Dominican Republic
No 45, Franklin Morales, from Venezuela
No. 2, Alcides Escobar, from Venezuela


  • What does this have to do with U.S. immigration law?



Everything. U.S. baseball teams can attract best talent from foreign lands using P-1 visas, without limitation on the number of visas. Until a few years ago, baseball used to have a work visa problem: the H work visa category available to baseball teams for its international players was limited by a quota. Together with other U.S. employers, baseball teams kept losing their ability to bring excellent talent from abroad.Congress resolved baseball’s problem in an interesting manner. Instead of increasing the number of H work visa and helping all U.S. employers, Congress moved visas for baseball teams to an unlimited category of P athlete visas. The rest of U.S. employers were not so lucky. They continue to struggle with our visa system. Congress limits U.S. employer’s ability to attract qualified international technology or teaching personnel by a 85,000 annual quota. U.S. employers are forced to engage in a H-1B work visa lottery in order to keep the international talent they seek in the U.S.  In 2015, U.S. employers filed over 233,000 H-1B visa petitions against the 85,000 visa quota.Unable to obtain H-1B work visas for their workers, U.S. employer have to outsource international personnel and their jobs abroad. If baseball teams were as limited as the rest of U.S. employers in bringing needed talent to the U.S., we would have had little chance of celebrating the three-time MLB All-Star, two-time Gold Glove Award winner, 2015 Word Series MVP catcher Salvador Perez, as one of our heroes today. If Congress can get it right for baseball teams, it should be able get it right for the rest of U.S. employers, by removing quotas on U.S. employers ability to bring international talent to the U.S. on H-1B visas.

Poste by
Mira Mdivani, Business Immigration Lawyer

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