Immigration Presentations

We invite you to listen to or view recent immigration attorney and OISS presentations on specific immigration topics. Please note that the documents and links to presentations below provide general information only and are not a substitute for individual legal advice. Because immigration policies are constantly changing you should always speak to an OISS adviser before taking any action on the materials listed below.

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OISS Connect

OISS Connect Training for Department Liaisons

January 26, 2023
Presented by Sarah Solarski and Sarah Henderson, OISS

OISS Connect Training for OISS Departmental Liaisons that host international scholars.

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Navigating Immigration: Entrepreneurship for Current Students

October 24, 2022
Presented by Attorney Dan Berger of Curran, Berger & Kludt Immigration Law

International entrepreneurs face a number of hurdles when seeking to start a business in the United States. Attorney Dan Berger demystifies the immigration options available to international entrepreneurs, as well as provides insight into how international entrepreneurs should structure their companies to give themselves the best chance at a secure future in the United States.

Work Visa Options for Artists after F-1 OPT

April 11, 2022
Presented by Presented by Attorney Lauren DeBellis Aviv of Daniel Aharoni & Partners LLP

Interested in how to work in the U.S. after your F-1 OPT period? Immigration attorney Lauren DeBellis from Daniel Aharoni & Partners LLP discussed the specific visa options available to artists, such as the O-1 visa. She talked about how to qualify for these visas and what steps you can take now to help make a strong case.

Visas After Graduation

March 9, 2022
Presented by Attorney Suzanne Seltzer of The Seltzer Firm

Attorney Seltzer discussed visa options after graduation including H-1B, O-1 and Trade Agreement visas. She also gave an overview of pathways to green card sponsorship.

Work After Graduation: F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) Workshops

February 9, 2022
Presented by OISS Advisers Kira Bellucci, Erin Gustafson, Luca Lipparini, and Ozan Say
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Interested in working in the U.S. after graduation? You may be eligible to apply for F-1 Optional Practical Training, a work authorization based on your F-1 student visa. This session covers some of the basics of OPT and how to apply.

Two very important factors to know before attending are: 1) You do not need a job in order to apply for OPT and 2) You must be physically present in the US in order to apply for OPT.

How to Talk to Employers about H-1B Sponsorship

November 4, 2021
Presented by Office of Career Strategy (OCS) Fellows, OISS Senior Adviser Kira Bellucci, and OISS Executive Director Ann Kuhlman
A discussion of the H-1B visa and how to approach immigration issues during the job search process, and answering questions about the interview process and immigration issues. We discussed details of how the H-1B visa works, who can pay fees, and what the “cap-subject” schedule is, among other topics. The OCS Fellows addressed career resources open to the entire Yale community. The objective for this presentation is to help students to be better prepared to discuss visa issues with prospective employers.

How To Navigate Yale Libraries for G&P Students

September 14, 2021
Presented by Yale Librarians Anna Arays, Kelly Blanchat, Tess Colwell, and Robin Dougherty

If you are new international graduate or professional student starting at Yale this fall, you might have some questions on how to start utilizing Yale’s incredible library systems that are available to you! Yale librarians answered questions about navigating U.S. academic libraries, Yale’s policies around borrowing, how things are organized, and how Yale’s library systems might be similar or different to what you’re used to. This event was targeted for grad and professional students, but much of it is still applicable to other students and members of the Yale community.

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OPT Workshop for December Graduates

September 10, 2021
Presented by OISS Adviser Erin Gustafson

Learn about OPT (Optional Practical Training): what it is, its context in the current immigration environment, as well as how and when to apply for it.

First Year G&P International Experience Panel

August 31, 2021
Presented by Yale OISS and students

Are you a new international graduate or professional student at Yale? If you're wondering where to begin on this new journey, then you've come to the right place! During this panel, current international graduate and professional students shared the experiences they had as first-time graduate students at Yale. Topics of discussion included the academic culture at Yale, adapting to life in America, overcoming language/writing issues, and carving a social life for yourself while enrolled in a full-time academic program. Students shared their tricks and tips, resources, and stories of challenge & success while at Yale.

Visa Options for Medical Residents

April 1, 2021
Presented by Attorneys Greg Siskind and Adam Cohen of Siskind Susser PC

Learn about visa options during medical residency from immigration attorneys Greg Siskind and Adam Cohen of the Siskind Susser law firm. Attorneys Siskind and Cohen will give a free lecture on current visa climate for immigrant physicians, including the impact COVID-19 is having on immigration options.

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Navigating Immigration: F-1 OPT Scholars

November 11, 2020
Presented by OISS Associate Director Parker Emerson

Parker discussed information about how to maintain legal status with OPT and STEM OPT, as well as international travel issues. The presentation also highlighted how to transition to the next visa, and new immigration policies.

Know Before You Travel: Spring 2021 Graduates

October 30, 2020
Presented by OISS Adviser Kira Bellucci

These reminders will be important for you as you consider booking flights and travel for winter break in the upcoming weeks. Of particular importance will be applying for a new visa, especially if you plan to pursue the work authorization after graduation, such as F-1 Optional Practical Training (OPT) or J-1 Academic Training.

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Navigating Immigration: J-1 Exchange Visitors Information Session

October 27, 2020
Presented by OISS Associate Director Parker Emerson

This presentation covers J extensions, the two-year home residency requirement, transitioning to the H-1B visa and other topics for J researchers (does not address J student issues).