International Student and Scholar Services
International Student Athletes
The NCAA has recently adopted an interim policy permitting collegiate student athletes to earn compensation for use of their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Student Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) is actively monitoring the situation regarding NIL legislation and discussing regulatory impact with the government partners within Department of Homeland Security (DHS). We have not received specific guidance regarding how NIL opportunities might impact international students at this point but will keep you informed of any updates we may receive in future.
Please be reminded that failure to comply with all immigration regulations may have serious consequence for student athletes such as losing an ability to remain in the United States or obtain visas or other immigration benefits in the future. For this reason, international student athletes considering entering into NIL transactions should use great caution as there is no guaranty that such a transaction will not jeopardize your immigration status. In addition, we strongly encourage any student considering such a transaction to seek advice from legal counsel well versed in immigration law and NIL legislation. We cannot give you legal advice on this matter. For more information, review the International Student Athletes Guidance.