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.
Please be sure to read the information below to ensure that you come fully prepared for the Clinic.
Michael Cataliotti | Cataliotti Law, NY
Ryan Morgan Knight | Palm Global Immigration PLLC, FL & DC
Tafiya Khan | Covey Law, NY
Rebecca Lenetsky | Stropheus, NY
Rakhel S. Milstein | Milstein Law Group, NY
Betina Schlossberg | Schlossberg Legal, MI
Teresa Woods Peña | Woods Law Group, NY
Kimberly Xavier | Covey Law, NY
Nadia Zaidi | Roam Immigration, NY
Are you interested in becoming a volunteer attorney? Please contact us.
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!
- 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
June 8, 2021 (online)
with Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts
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.
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.