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An Introduction to H-1B Visas for Artists

February 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us on February 27, 2018 for an exciting presentation on one of the most popular and common visa types used today, the H-1B. Presented by two top attorneys at one of Manhattan’s leading law firms, the experts will discuss a range of common questions related to the H-1B, a nonimmigrant visa for foreign nationals who will be employed temporarily in a “specialty occupation” (one that requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience).

The seminar will cover why the H-1B may be a good fit for producers, directors, screenwriters, and other arts-related positions, and cases where it is not a good fit. It will be especially useful for graduating students on optional practical training.

Topics will include H-1B eligibility, how to apply, wage issues, important deadlines, the lottery system used to select H-1Bs, and the H-1B “cap” numbers that limit the number of H-1Bs issued each year. The seminar will also cover alternatives to the H-1B.

Whether you are an immigrant artist or art student, or an employer interested in sponsoring an artist, or an attorney advising your client on immigration-related issues, this presentation is sure to present useful and valuable information.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 5:30 – 6:30 pm

One East 53rd Street, Auditorium
New York, New York 10022

$20 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$20 Artists Over Sixty
$30 Arts Professional VLA Member
$40 Arts Professional Non-Member
$60 Legal Professional VLA Member
$70 Legal Professional Non-Member
$50 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

Membership Discount Code:
Are you a VLA Member trying to register for this class? E-mail or call VLA to get your membership discount code! – registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10

All registration fees are non-refundable. Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10

Presenter Bios:

Protima Daryanani is the Managing Partner of Daryanani Law Group, PC, which represents corporate and individual clients in the arts, entertainment, fashion, design, and technology industries. An immigrant herself, Protima was born in Lagos, Nigeria, grew up in London, and received her bachelor’s degree from Brown University and J.D. from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta. Protima is admitted to the State Bar of New York and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a volunteer lawyer with VLA. As an expert in immigration for the arts and entertainment communities, Protima is frequently asked to speak on immigration law panels, most recently for the American Bar Association and New York City Bar Association.

Elizabeth Brettschneider is a Partner at Daryanani Law Group, PC. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College and earned her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School Of Law. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. Elizabeth has enjoyed working with corporate clients including many top fashion retailers, theaters, and film production companies to obtain temporary employment visas as well as lawful permanent residency for their employees. Elizabeth is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a former Chair of the New York City Chapter’s Executive Committee.


February 27, 2018
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


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