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Why Nakamura Is Stuck
2005-02-24 12:00
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

This Associated Press story explains the visa problems that have prevented Norihiro Nakamura from reporting to Vero Beach:

While players with major league contracts are eligible for P-1 visas, the category that includes internationally recognized athletes, those with minor league contracts must obtain an H-2B visa from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

USCIS announced on Jan. 3 that the H-2B cap of 66,000 visas in this fiscal year, a figure established by Congress, had been reached and no more visas in that category were available.

Presumably, they will figure out how to work around this, but no indication is given of the mechanics that will involve. Perhaps someone else can shed more insight. (No, I'm not making the phone call.)

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