***Club Registrar's are to contact their USAH Associate Registrar in their section or District Registrar Tom Branden immediately to determine non-citizen eligibility***

Citizenship Eligibility

(a) Only U.S. citizens are eligible to participate in the National Player
Development Program.

(b) The classifications in Section C.(1) above are restricted to U.S.
citizens, subject to the following exceptions:

1. Players who are citizens of another country and residing in the
U.S. with a parent shall be considered eligible if the parent(s)
holds one of the following legal documents:
Alien Registration Receipt Card or Permanent Resident Card.
The player shall also be considered eligible if the parent(s) hold one
of the following non-immigrant temporary visas: A. Government
Official; E. Treaty Trader or Investor; G. Representative to
International Organization; H. Temporary Worker; I. Foreign
Information Media Representative; J. Exchange Alien; L. Intra-
Company Transferee; M. Non-Academic Student; O. Aliens of
Extraordinary Ability; P. Athletes and Entertainers; Q.
Cultural Exchange; R. Religious Workers; and TN.
Professional.


2. For players who are citizens of another country and are
residing in the U.S. without a parent, the player must hold an
Alien Registration Receipt Card or Permanent Resident Card
or an F. Academic Student classification visa or J. Exchange
Alien visa.

3. However, (1) all girls’ national championship-bound teams are
restricted to only two (2) players, and (2) commencing with
the 2013-14 season, all youth national championship-bound
teams shall be restricted to only four players, in either case
who are non-U.S. citizens temporarily residing in the U.S.
under any combination of the following immigration visa
categories: F. Academic Students; J. Exchange Alien Visa; P.
Athletes and Entertainers [excluding their spouses and
children under visa category P-4]; Category M. Non-Academic
Student and Q. International Cultural Exchange Program
participants. This restriction does not apply to non-U.S.
citizens temporarily residing in the U.S. under category P-4,
referenced above, or other visa categories not referenced
above, excluding category B. Temporary Visitor.

(c) Any team with a player on its roster who is a non-U.S. citizen
should make immediate contact with its respective district
registrar to review credentials and determine the player’s
eligibility. All players must provide the following documentation:

1. Release
A release from the player’s home team/association authorizing
the player to compete for the USA Hockey member team; and

2. IIHF/Canadian Transfer
A youth written transfer form must be completed for all noncitizen
players (male and female) under 18 years of age who
register with a USA Hockey member program. An
IIHF/Canadian transfer form must be completed for all noncitizen
players (male or female) ages 18 and over.

(d) In addition, a person who is a citizen of another country and
resides in the United States under political asylum, or a claim
therefore, refusing to return to his/her home country for a bonafide,
non-hockey related reason, shall be eligible for competition in
the USA Hockey domestic program after he/she has continuously
resided in this country for a period of one (1) year, with one or
more of his/her parents, and further, shall have secured the release
and IIHF transfer required above. Copies of all forms necessary to
complete this transfer shall be provided by the national office to
the team, league and council involved.