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US immigration law problems: World class athletes not immune

Many Florida immigrants are athletes who have traveled to the United States to compete. Even a world class athlete, however, must adhere to U.S. immigration law and apply for a visa like any other person who wishes to come to the U.S. to live or work. There are many types of visas and it is critical that an applicant understands the exact one needed.

An athlete might be subject to removal or deemed inadmissible to the United States for numerous reasons. For instance, if a particular athlete makes headlines for outrageous public behavior, either involving illegal drugs or for causing a ruckus, U.S. immigration officials might refuse to grant him or her entrance to this country. Perhaps an athlete was already in Florida or another state and got into some type of legal trouble. This could lead to deportation and also to future inadmissibility, barring him or her from returning to this country at a later date.

Being a visitor in the United States can cause confusion regarding certain laws. In fact, many laws are complex and difficult for even lifelong citizens to understand. For instance, an athlete might experiment with smoking marijuana in a state in this country where it has been decriminalized. Perhaps, he or she did not clearly understand the laws and mistakenly carried marijuana into another state where possession is illegal.

This type of issue, as well as many other immigration-related matters regarding visas, exit and re-entry and other issues, can land a person in a Florida detention center. That is why it is always best to stay closely connected to someone who is well-versed in U.S. immigration law. Knowing where to seek support if a legal problem arises is a step in the right direction toward resolving whatever the specific issue happens to be.

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