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Visual Artists' Immigration Clinic

The Center for Art Law is delighted to announce the launch of its Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic, designed to guide emerging visual artists through the process of obtaining a visa to the United States.

Following a 20-minute presentation on best practices and practical steps for O-1 and EB-1A visas, participating artists will be 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. 

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

Upcoming Sessions

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
6–8 PM EST
New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY)

Volunteer Attorneys

Michael CataliottiCataliotti Law, NY

Tafiya KhanCovey Law, NY

Ryan Morgan Knight Lang Wallace LLC, VA

Rebecca LenetskyStropheus, NY

Rakhel S. Milstein | Milstein Law Group, NY

Betina SchlossbergSchlossberg Legal, MI

Teresa Woods PeñaWoods Law Group, NY

Kimberly XavierCovey Law, NY

Jan. 30 & Mar. 24, 2020

Jan. 30, 2020

Jan. 30 & Mar. 24, 2020

Jan. 30 & Mar. 24, 2020

Mar. 24, 2020

Mar. 24, 2020

Jan. 30 & Mar. 24, 2020

Jan. 30, 2020

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 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.

Pre-registration is mandatory for a $10 fee.

Do I need to attend all the sessions?

No, each day is a stand-alone session.

How do I prepare for the Clinic?

(1) Register to one session through Eventbrite.

(2) Answer the online questionnaire that will be emailed to you after registration, in order to allow us to pair you with the right attorney. The information provided will be kept confidential.

(3) Make sure that you bring the following documents:

  1. A passport showing your current visa,
  2. CV or resume, and
  3. 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 Participating Attorneys. If you and a Participating Attorney agree to engage in an attorney-client relationship, you may continue the discussion with them outside of the Clinic.


  • 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.
  • Attendees will be invited to schedule a more in-depth consultation with the attorneys present to more closely examine their specific situation.


New York Foundation for the Arts (“NYFA”) is a nonprofit service organization that empowers working artists and emerging arts organizations across all disciplines at critical stages in their creative lives and professional and organizational development. NYFA Learning encompasses NYFA’s professional development programs, which include panels, workshops, individual consultations, and in-depth training opportunities. As one of the core programs, the Immigrant Artist Program provides professional support to immigrant artists working in the New York City Metropolitan area and beyond, helping them integrate into the cultural world while upholding their distinct identities. Please check for upcoming program information and opportunities.

Media Features

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)

For inquiries or to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

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