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I am an attorney (Univ. of Miami, FL) trying to bring over 4

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I am an attorney (Univ. of Miami, FL) trying to bring over 4 soccer coaches from UK to coach a youth soccer camp in Augusta, GA beginning 6/1/17. I started the H-2B process with Dept. of Labor for foreign labor certification, but just found out that the H-2b cap was met last week. P-3 VISA looks good, but soccer coach is not an "entertainer or artist" . O-1 VISA does not seem to work, since soccer coaches do not show "extraordinary achievement" , and are coaches not athletes. Any ideas?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Immigration Law
Expert:  Guillermo Senmartin replied 1 year ago.

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The problem is that we have coaches here. The idea is to not lose out on jobs to foreign coaches. Have you looked at the P-1?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
English soccer is different than US soccer. They have different techniques. Not to many in USA. P-1 is for athletic competition as an athlete. It seems that USCIS does not recognize coaches as athletes unless things have recently changed. There seems there is no neat category to put the UK soccer coaches.
Expert:  Guillermo Senmartin replied 1 year ago.

They will not be accompanying any athletes as support personnel, correct?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
That is correct. They are coming over to teach youth soccer. The youth are kids already is USA on Summer break.
Expert:  Guillermo Senmartin replied 1 year ago.

Well, there are options, but you have to be creative and none are very easy. Take a look at this good article (scroll down to number 4):

The H-1Bs are used up for the year and even if they applied April 1st and were chosen, they wouldn't be able to come to the U.S. on that type of visa until a few days before October 1, 2017.

The O-1, they would have to be nationally or internationally recognized in their field and for the O-2, they would have to accompany an athlete that was s recognized. Same issue with P-1 and P-1S. However, the P-3 or Q-1 may be an option. Here are the links to those:

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Expert:  Guillermo Senmartin replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your kindness and respect. Good luck to you.