Center for Art Law

At the crossroads of visual arts and the law.

Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic

The Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic, launched in January 2020, is designed to guide emerging visual artists through the process of obtaining a visa to the United States.

If you have any questions about changes to immigration policy due to the COVID-19 outbreak, information can be found on the USCIS website.


How the Clinic works

Following a 20-minute presentation on best practices and practical steps for O-1 and EB-1A visas, participating artists are paired with an immigration attorney for an initial 20-minute consultation, which may result in an opportunity to work with the attorney throughout the application process. 

Interested in learning more about the Clinic? Read our report and contact us to discuss partnership opportunities, volunteer attorney applications, and sponsorship.


Upcoming Clinic Events

Are you an international visual artist seeking to work in the United States? Meet an attorney of the Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic.

Upcoming Sessions

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022 at 5:30PM
Online (Zoom)

Wednesday, Apr. 12, 2022 at 5:30PM
Online (Zoom)

Please be sure to read the information below to ensure that you come fully prepared for the Clinic.


Past Events

National Arts Club Speaker Series: Immigration and Artists: The O-1 Visa

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 6PM
National Arts Club Sculpture Garden
Speakers: Layo Bright, Rebecca Lenetsky

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

All Programming

To view or gain more information about our previous programming, please visit our Event Archives.

April 12, 2023
5:30 PM EST
Zoom

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/394622314967

October 12, 2022
5:30 PM EST
Zoom

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/394615364177

February 16, 2022
3:30 PM EST
Zoom

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

November 9, 2021
3:30 PM EST
Zoom

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

June 8, 2021
6 PM EST
Zoom

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

March 23, 2021
6 PM EST
Zoom

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

April 23, 2020
6 PM EST
Zoom

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

March 24, 2020
6 PM EST
Zoom

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

January 30, 2020,
6 PM EST
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic

Pro-bono consultations for visual artists, with a keynote presentation on best practices and practical steps you can take to build and strengthen your application case, focusing on O-1 visas especially.

March 9, 2017
6 PM EST
Georges Bergès Gallery (New York, NY)

Immigration Law and the Arts: Nice Work if You Can Get In…

Our speakers, two founding partners of Lehach & Filippa LLC, Alejandro Filippa and Michael Lehach, discussed artist visas and many other needs of foreign creative professionals who need to navigate the immigration journey.

This event was hosted by the Georges Bergès Gallery (New York, NY)


Volunteer Attorneys

Rakhel S. Milstein | Milstein Law Group, NY

Teresa Woods Peña | Woods Law Group, NY

Rebecca Lenetsky | Stropheus LLC, NY

Alejandro Filippa | Lehach Filippa, NY

Cielomar Puccio | Brandlett, Puerto Rico

Michael Cataliotti | Cataliotti, P.C, NY

Betina Schlossberg | Schlossberg Legal, PLLC, MI

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer attorney? Please contact us.


FAQs

Who may register?

  • We encourage participation by visual artists who wish to build and strengthen their case for employment-based visa applications over the next 6-12 months.
  • The 1:1 consultations that occur at the Clinic are not suitable for artists with urgent immigration issues. However, all visual artists are welcome to attend and listen to the presentation.
  • The Clinic best serves those artists which have no attorney and are seeking a first-time legal consultation. If you already attended a session of the Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic, we encourage you to reach out to the attorney(s) you already met with (contact information is in the handouts distributed at the session).

How do I register?

  • Pre-registration is mandatory for a $10 fee.
  • Registration takes place through Eventbrite, where you will need to fill out a confidential intake form.
  • Choose your preferred session date; you do not need to attend all open sessions.
  • Dial-in details and other instructions will be emailed once registration has been confirmed; be sure to check your emails in the days leading up to the Clinic.

How do I prepare for the Clinic?

Make sure that you have the following documents on your computer:

  • A passport showing your current visa;
  • CV or resume;
  • List of exhibitions and media publications about your work.

What happens after the Clinic?

The Center for Art Law will be providing immigration law guides and the contact information of the Volunteer Attorneys participating in each session.

If you wish to pursue the conversation with the Volunteer Attorneys participating in the session, you should reach out to them directly!

VERY IMPORTANT:

  • Attending this legal clinic does not create an attorney-client relationship.
  • The information provided during the individual strategy session does not constitute legal advice.
  • All the information shared during the Clinic will be kept confidential.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.


Past Sessions & Co-Hosts

January 30, 2020 (in-person)
with New York Foundation for the Arts

March 24, 2020 (online)
with New York Foundation for the Arts

April 23, 2020 (online)
with The Immigration Artist Biennial and Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

March 21, 2021 (online)
with Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

June 8, 2021 (online)
with Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts

November 9, 2021 (online)
with CUE Art Foundation

Sponsors

The Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic is sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).

The Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic is sponsored, in part, by the Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Foundation.

Media Features

Hyperallergic, Centering Immigrant Artists, From Advising on Visa Applications to Responding to Xenophobia, by Dessane Lopez Cassell, April 21, 2020.

Hyperallergic, Center for Art Law in New York Launches an Immigration Clinic for Visual Artists, by Hakim Bishara, January 10, 2020.

Artnet News, It’s Harder Than Ever for Artists to Get Visas to the United States. But an Army of Volunteer Lawyers Wants to Help, by Caroline Goldstein, January 8, 2020.

Press Release (PDF)

The Center for Art Law is a New York State non-profit fully qualified under provision 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Center does not provide legal representation. Information available on this website is purely for education purposes and should not be construed as legal advice.