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Seattle Immigration Attorney Tahmina Watson Secures Visa for U.K. Soccer Star Adam Nowland

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Seattle Immigration Attorney Tahmina Watson Secures Visa for

U.K. Soccer Star Adam Nowland

 Watson Immigration Law Scores Victory with O-1 Visa

Seattle, WA – April 20, 2011 – Watson Immigration Law ( is pleased to announce today that it has secured an O-1 visa to bring U.K. premier league player, Adam Nowland to the U.S. as a soccer coach for the Everett-based team, Washington Rush Soccer Club.  Joining a small group of elite players such as soccer legend Pele, Nowland was required to obtain a specialized visa as an “Alien of Extraordinary Ability” before beginning his employment.  U.S. immigration regulations require certain foreign nationals who have received recognition for outstanding performance in the areas of arts, sciences, education, business or athletics to obtain an O or P visa in order to work or play for a professional sports team for an extended period of time in the states.  Nowland’s visa approval was granted based on the case built by his attorney and substantiated by his reputation and acclaim as an international soccer star.

“Watson Immigration Law played a crucial role in obtaining U.S. work authorization for Nowland by building a strong case for his visa petition,” expressed Ellen Hawks, Washington Rush President. “Thanks to Watson’s efforts, our players will benefit from training with a high caliber coach as Nowland brings a unique perspective and extensive experience to the field.”

Born in Preston, England, Nowland was a talented child prodigy and was first hired to play professionally with the renowned Blackpool Football Club at the age of 17.  He was the youngest player to ever score a goal for the team, a record that remains unbeaten. He continued to play for various high profile soccer teams in the U.K including West Ham United, Nottingham Forest, and Preston North End. In recent years, Nowland has focused his career on coaching.

“It’s been a long road between receiving the coaching offer from Washington Rush to being granted the O-1 visa and I’m very grateful to Watson Immigration Law for making this dream a reality.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to develop youth soccer in the U.S. and to further my career as a coach,” said Nowland.

Immigration law has become increasingly difficult in recent years, particularly for employment-based visas  and more specifically for highly specialized employment visas such as the O-1. The U.S. government’s proscriptive interpretation of the law makes it difficult to succeed in such cases. To get an O-1 visa specifically, applicants must demonstrate “a level of expertise indicating that the person is one of the small percentage who have risen to the top of the field of endeavor.”

“I am thrilled to have helped Nowland obtain his O-1 visa as his contribution as a coach at Washington Rush will be significant,” said Watson Immigration Law attorney Tahmina Watson.  “Our firm takes great pride in assisting athletes that enable the advancement of U.S. sports.”  

About Watson Immigration Law

Founded in 2009, Watson Immigration Law is a boutique firm dealing with all areas of United States Immigration and Naturalization Law.  Serving a steadily growing client base with immigration issues from individuals to large multinational companies based in the U.S. and around the world, the practice continues to attract people seeking very personalized attention.  In addition to English, the firm is currently able to provide assistance in the following languages: Bengali/Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Bulgarian and Russian.  For more information about the firm’s practice areas, please visit or call 206-292-5237. 


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