Immigration process continues to frustrate, baffle former FC Tucson Women’s midfielder | Local news

Immigration process continues to frustrate, baffle former FC Tucson Women’s midfielder | Local news

Maryskova sent out hundreds of résumés, but every time she made the final cut, she was told by the prospective employer that they couldn’t take the risk by sponsoring her visa.

“I’m high-performing, I’m educated, but I can’t find a job,” Maryskova said. “So I walked into Walmart and I started there.”

She worked overnights and coached during the day while also helping her former coach at Northwest Nazarene recruit international athletes.

“It was mind-blowing, but I took it as it was supposed to happen this way, and I just kept going,” Maryskova said.

Two days before her visa ran out in March 2020, a coworker of Maryskova’s connected her with an immigration lawyer and she began the process of applying for her permanent citizenship.

‘It kind of all crashed down on me’

Idaho was placed under lockdown as soon as the coronavirus pandemic hit in March 2020. As the pandemic progressed, the already slow immigration process ground nearly to a halt.

Four months after Maryskova sent in her application for the EB1 green card, she received a request for more evidence that was riddled with grammatical errors, calling the response “mind-blowing and frustrating.”

“The officer clearly didn’t look through any of the evidence I sent with the application, and the letter talked about how soccer coaching and playing are not related fields,” Maryskova said.

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