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Seems bizzare that they wouldn't ask for a work permit that extends into the postseason. Wouldn't this be the case with any foreign player?


I have it in my head that Luke's visa length was shorter than usual because of his criminal history, but I don't know if that's true or not. Are visas even issued like that? I mean, is X visa always Y length of time, or can they be changed case by case?

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I have it in my head that Luke's visa length was shorter than usual because of his criminal history, but I don't know if that's true or not. Are visas even issued like that? I mean, is X visa always Y length of time, or can they be changed case by case?

Case by case. Ahmadinejad, for example, is allowed in to NY only for a specific time for the UN General Assembly and his movement is restricted. They can set your visa for any length of time they want.

Because of Luke's record he will be reviewed at length every time. The person(s) who reviewed his application this year is likely different than the one who did last time. He may have had a lenient one last time and a hard ass this time. A previous success may not carry weight with the next one.

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No.


That's what I figured. But if I hadn't mentioned the possibility that it was a league issue, the RB apologists would have been all over it.

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Thanks for making it clear that this is on Red Bull.

Absolutely

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Speaking as someone who's gone through this process with visa sponsors etc. - I feel a little ambivalent on this.

Would it have been a big deal for someone at the front office to write the date down in a diary? No.

And you'd like to think their lawyer would have emphasized to him that this was not something to fuck around with. I am totally amazed that he overstayed his visa. From Homeland Security's point of view it's not just a paperwork mistake. It's basically saying, "Yes I was a bad boy in the past, but I've reformed and I understand the gravity of you letting me into the country. I won't violate that trust." And then instantly violating the terms of entry...

But those things aside, ultimately the visa page is in Luke's passport. He's the one who has to convince the people at the embassy and he's the one they'll look at as having been cavalier with his visa.

I had eight years of this sort of processing before I became a citizen, and being aware of the precariousness of my status affected lots of small decisions I took in daily life - and I always made sure I was out of the country when I was supposed to be. Yes, I had legal help from my employers, and could ask advice from my lawyer, but at some point it was on me to take care of the most basic item of business. It's noone else's life.

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Thanks Mike, I love being right..


You're a fucking prick all you had to do was read through the thread it was mentioned multiple times...

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He has a meeting in early March!!!!!!!!!!

Per Blew :

Luke Rodgers' has visa meeting in early March



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He has a meeting in early March!!!!!!!!!!

Per Blew :


Certainly that's not the nickname he'd prefer to go by lol

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So best case scenario, he'd be in uniform for the home opener, or March 31 vs. Le Impact?

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wouldn't Luke be a P-1???

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P_visa
"P-1 applies to individual or team athletes, or members of an entertainment group (P-1B) ... A maximum of 25,000 P visas are issued annually."
If his visa is not re-issued before the limit is reached, he cannot return this year.
http://travel.state....types_1271.html
http://travel.state....es_1271.html#15
"Staying unlawfully in the United States beyond the date ... authorized, even by one day, results in your visa being automatically voided, ... you are required to reapply for a new nonimmigrant visa, generally in your country of nationality."
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So he over-stayed his visa because the team was still playing...why did he apply for a visa that didn't cover the whole of the MLS season? Or maybe he just took what he could get?

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why did he apply for a visa that didn't cover the whole of the MLS season?

Perhaps no one anticipated, that the team would make the playoffs!

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So he over-stayed his visa because the team was still playing...why did he apply for a visa that didn't cover the whole of the MLS season? Or maybe he just took what he could get?


I seem to recall something about him having to get a special visa because of his criminal record. Perhaps it has a shorter limit.

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I have it in my head that Luke's visa length was shorter than usual

I seem to recall something about him having to get a special visa ... Perhaps it has a shorter limit.


Stop rubbing it in! We knew he's vertically challenged!

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