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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Navigating Immigration: Entrepreneurship for Current Students

May 12, 2021
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 20, 2021
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.

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.

Visas After Graduation

March 24, 2021
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

February 5, 2021
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.

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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).