After a year of arduous struggles with the US government to obtain a visa that would allow him to play stateside, William “Leffen” Hjelte has at long last had his paperwork processed and approved by the Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The news broke Monday afternoon when TSM founder Andy “Reginald” Dinh made a post to Twitter congratulating the Smasher on securing himself a visa. However, Leffen quickly responded by saying that he’s still unsure of whether or not he will be attending Big House 6, which is set to take off this weekend, though he thanked his fans for their undying support through these trying times. Leffen also joked about the timing of his visa approval:

Due to his difficulties with the Department of State, Leffen was unable to compete in several major events due to the government not recognizing Super Smash Bros. Melee as a legitimate sport. He was forced to sit out of The Big House 5, Smash Summit, GENESIS 3, Battle of the Five Gods and Smash Summit 2, which in turn caused the eSports community as a whole to start a movement that hoped to force the United States to acknowledge the validity of eSports. He was later granted a temporary stay in the USA so he could attend EVO 2016, but even that was thwarted when the government forced additional processing that was the direct result from a past deportation.

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