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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

More events coming soon!

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

Programming

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

12

October

2022

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (Guest Speaker: H. Heidi Son) (Oct. 2022)

5:30 pm EST

21

April

2022

Immigration and Artists: The O-1 Visa (w/ artist Layo Bright and immigration attorney Rebecca Lenetsky)

12:00 am EST

National Arts Club Sculpture Garden

16

February

2022

Visual Artists’ Immigration Law Clinic (Guest Speaker: Sanjay Sethi, Artistic Freedom Initiative) (Feb. 2022)

12:00 am EST

9

November

2021

Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic (Co-host Cue Foundation) (Nov. 2021)

12:00 am EST

Online

8

June

2021

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (June 2021)

6:00 pm EST

Clinic

23

March

2021

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (Mar. 2021)

6:00 pm EST

Clinic

23

April

2020

Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic co-hosted w/ The Immigration Artist Biennial & Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (Apr. 2020)

6:00 pm EST

About

24

March

2020

Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (Mar. 2020)

6:00 pm EST

Clinic

30

January

2020

Immigration Clinic for Artists @ New York Foundation for the Arts (Jan. 2020)

6:00 pm EST

Online

9

March

2017

Immigration Law & the Arts: Nice Work if You Can Get In… (Guest Speakers: Alejandro Filippa & Michael Lehach) @ George Berges Gallery (NY)

6:00 pm EST

Art Law Mixer
  • October 12

    2022

    Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (Guest Speaker: H. Heidi Son) (Oct. 2022)

    5:30 pm EST

  • April 21

    2022

    Immigration and Artists: The O-1 Visa (w/ artist Layo Bright and immigration attorney Rebecca Lenetsky)

    12:00 am EST

  • February 16

    2022

    Visual Artists’ Immigration Law Clinic (Guest Speaker: Sanjay Sethi, Artistic Freedom Initiative) (Feb. 2022)

    12:00 am EST

  • November 9

    2021

    Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic (Co-host Cue Foundation) (Nov. 2021)

    12:00 am EST

  • June 8

    2021

    Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (June 2021)

    6:00 pm EST

  • March 23

    2021

    Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (Mar. 2021)

    6:00 pm EST

  • April 23

    2020

    Visual Artists’ Immigration Clinic co-hosted w/ The Immigration Artist Biennial & Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (Apr. 2020)

    6:00 pm EST

    About
  • March 24

    2020

    Visual Artists Immigration Clinic (Mar. 2020)

    6:00 pm EST

  • January 30

    2020

    Immigration Clinic for Artists @ New York Foundation for the Arts (Jan. 2020)

    6:00 pm EST

    Online
  • March 9

    2017

    Immigration Law & the Arts: Nice Work if You Can Get In… (Guest Speakers: Alejandro Filippa & Michael Lehach) @ George Berges Gallery (NY)

    6:00 pm EST

Volunteer Attorneys

Private: Rakhel S. Milstein

Milstein Law Group, NY

Private: Rebecca Lenetsky

Stropheus LLC, NY

Private: Cielomar Puccio

Brandlett, Puerto Rico

Private: Betina Schlossberg

Schlossberg Legal, PLLC, MI

Private: Teresa Woods Peña

Woods Law Group, NY

Private: Alejandro Filippa

Lehach Filippa, NY

Private: Michael Cataliotti

Cataliotti, P.C, NY

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!

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Past Sessions & Co-Hosts

January 30, 2020 (in-person)/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

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,

 Apr 21, 2020.

Hyperallergic,

Center for Art Law in New York Launches an

Immigration Clinic for Visual Artists,

 Jan 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

 Jan 8, 2020.