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Visa issues appear to end Jamaican Cory Burke's MLS season

By May 03, 2019

Reggae Boy and Philadelphia Union forward Cory Burke will be sidelined for about three months, perhaps longer, until he gets his visa issues sorted, a report published by the ProSoccer USA website said.

The report stated that the 27-year-old Jamaican lost his P1 status and is currently back home in Jamaica trying to have the matter remedied.

A P1 visa is applicable to athletes entering the United States to perform at a specific athletic competition as an athlete as an individual or as part of a team at an internationally recognized level of performance.

“Cory is down in Jamaica to do his visa and the green card process,” Philadelphia Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner told media.

“Unfortunately, it turned out that he will not be coming back before three months, maybe even longer, which means that he is not available for us due to personal issues.

“He lost his P1 status. That’s the problem. He needs to re-apply for that.”

Tanner explained that Burke, who signed with Union in December 2017, after playing two seasons with the Bethlehem Steele, returned to Jamaica to address his visa and green card situation. However, according to Tanner, something went wrong and has delayed the process.

“Unfortunately, it turned out that he will not be coming back before three months, maybe even longer, which means that he is not available for us due to personal issues,” Tanner said.

If Burke gets selected to the Reggae Boyz squad for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in June, he could return to the United States on a temporary visa.

Burke assured that the player will remain with the club and is expected to return sometime later this year.

“Basically, we will have him back. The matter of time is the question. As you know, the season is going on. Three months’ time, and then, in addition, you have to calculate a few weeks for training, so the season might be over when he’s back,” Tanner said.

 

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