Chessie secures P-1 visa

by Josh Bury Jul 6 2016
Thumbnail image courtesy of Helena Kristiansson / ESL

compLexity Gaming's Rasmus "Chessie" Blomdin has secured a two-year, P-1 athletic visa, according to a tweet by the player Wednesday.

The American visa acknowledges the holder as an internationally recognized athlete, allowing them to come to the United States temporarily to compete.

A petition earlier this year, inspired by the visa plight of Super Smash Bros. player William "Leffen" Hjelte, asked that esports athletes be considered for the P-1 visa. The response from the White House confirmed that there would be no change required, because esports players were already eligible.

"According to USCIS, the agency responsible for processing P-1 visa applications, there is no current policy categorically precluding an eSport from being recognized as a qualifying athletic competition," the response to the petition explained. "In fact, USCIS has approved P-1 visa petitions for athletes seeking to enter the United States to compete in eSport events."

The International 2016 is set to take place in Seattle, WA. Additionally, compLexity Gaming is a North America-based organization, but Chessie's teammate and brother Linus "Limmp" Blomdin and position 5 teammate Simon "Handksen" Haag are also from Sweden.

Josh "Gauntlet" Bury has issued you a visa to the Nexus. You can find him on Twitter.