U.S. issues athlete visas to professional gamers

The Unites States is letting pro gamer’s from the U.K’s Team Dignitas to enter the country on visas normally used by elite athletes.

The United States is finally allowing foreign pro gamer’s to enter the country on visas normally used by elite athletes. The move officially recognizes online game League of Legends as a professional sport, with players from the U.K. clan Team Dignitas issued P-1 Visas.  The P-1 classification applies to you if you are coming to the U.S. temporarily to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete, individually or as part of a group or team, at an internationally recognized level of performance.

To qualify for a P-1 Visa, one has to demonstrate “a high level of achievement in a field evidence by a degree of skill and recognition substantially above the ordinarily encountered, to the extent that such a achievement is renowned, leading, or well known in more than one country,” according to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

“The lawyers had to go back and forth with the U.S immigration for several months to get everything in place, especially understanding that this game is a sport.” Michael O’Dell, Dignitas’ manager, told the BBC news.