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MLB player reportedly denied permission to come to the U.S.

Immigration matters could end up having big impacts on a Major League Baseball player and the team he is with. 

The player in question is Jung Ho Kang, an infielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kang is from South Korea. There have been reports that Kang recently had his application for a U.S. work visa denied.

Kang recently was given a suspended jail sentence in South Korea in a DUI case. He is appealing the sentence. What happens with this appeal could impact whether he will continue to be denied permission to come to the U.S. to play baseball.

As this illustrates, criminal law matters can have impacts on immigration matters. Criminal law issues cannot only impact a person’s ability to initially get a U.S. visa, but also their ability to keep such a visa. For example, being accused of certain crimes here in the U.S. could put a visa-holder at risk of having their immigration status taken away and being forced to leave the country.

Another thing this matter illustrates is the wide-ranging impacts what happens in immigration cases can have on a person. The reported visa denial brings into question whether Kang will be able to play for the Pirates this season. Kang has been put on the restricted list by the Pirates. Among the implications placement on this list has is that the team doesn’t have to pay Kang while he remains on it. So what happens in this immigration matter could have significant career and financial implications for Kang.

Skilled Florida immigration attorneys understand how impactful U.S. immigration matters can be and can help foreign nationals who are dealing with such matters here in Florida with understanding and navigating their situation.

Source: TribLive, “Reports: Pirates' Kang denied work visa,” Rob Biertempfel, March 24, 2017

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