Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is confident the club can win over the Home Office and secure a work permit for club-record signing Andrej Kramaric.
The 23-year-old Croatia international striker, understood to have cost City £9.5million from Rijeka, has agreed personal terms on a three-and-a-half-year deal that can only be signed once the permit has been granted.
With just four caps to his name, Pearson and the Foxes already know they face initial rejection of their application as Kramaric has not made enough international appearances over the last two years.
But with Kramaric having played for Croatia from Under-14s through to 21s, and the fact he has recently made his breakthrough into the senior squad and scored goals, victory on appeal is likely.
"We've a pretty strong case with his international status, his form - internationally and at club level - and the fact he's represented Croatia at every level," said Pearson.
"It's fair to say he has a very bright future, and hopefully that will be taken into consideration.
"I'm convinced he is very much a player who can improve the quality of English football by being here, and he has a goalscoring record that speaks for itself.
"The fact there was interest from a number of big clubs is also significant in that it shows he is a player who is rated both domestically and across Europe as well."
Kramaric will join a City side currently bottom of the table, but if he can reproduce the form shown for past clubs he could be the key to survival.
Last year's Croatian player of the year has bagged 28 goals in 31 appearances for Rijeka this season, including a hat-trick against Feyenoord in a Europa League tie.