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The O-1 Visa: Top 5 Misconceptions

October 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

The O-1—used by many creatives and artists—is one of the most popular but misunderstood visa classifications.

Join us Wednesday, October 24th for an exciting presentation by two leading attorneys in the field of immigration for the arts. In this seminar, we will discuss the O-1 and whether it really is a “freelance” visa, who qualifies, evidence needed to submit with O-1 petitions, as well as important details about who can sponsor an O-1 petition. The seminar will also explain why an O-1 might be necessary even if the foreign national is working “just for a few days” in the U.S. Additionally, we will discuss how the current administration is affecting adjudications of O-1 petitions as well as consular visa issuance.

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

Wednesday, October 24th
5:30 – 7:00 PM

VLA Auditorium
1 East 53rd Street, NY, NY 10022


About the Instructors

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, is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), and volunteers as a lawyer with VLA. As an expert in immigration for the arts and entertainment communities, Protima is frequently asked to speak on immigration law panels, for the American Bar Association, New York City Bar Association, and recently for American Immigration Lawyers Association and VLA.


Carolyn Szaiff Alvarez is an Associate Attorney at Daryanani Law Group, PC, which represents corporate and individual clients in the arts, entertainment, fashion, design, and technology industries. A native New Yorker, Carolyn was born to Hungarian immigrant parents. She holds a bachelor’s degree in American government from Wesleyan University and attended the Michigan State University College of Law, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Carolyn is fluent in Hungarian and has studied French and Spanish. She is admitted to practice in New York State and is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).

Membership Discount Code:

*For members, please contact 212.319.2787 ext. 10 or registrations@vlany.org to receive your discount code, which will allow you to access and purchase your ticket.


$25 Full-Time Student (student must present proof of full-time status with registration)
$25 Artists Over Sixty
$35 Arts Professional VLA Member
$55 Arts Professional Non-Member
$85 Legal Professional VLA Member
$110 Legal Professional Non-Member
$55 Young Associate Members (YAM’s) and Associate Board Members

All registration fees are non-refundable. Instructors are subject to change and no refunds will be given in the event that there is a substitution of the instructor.

Please note you are not registered until full payment is received. For artists and attorneys, there are various scholarships available. To view our Financial Aid Policy Guidelines and for more information on how to apply, click here.

For more information on this program, please contact VLA at registrations@vlany.org or 212.319.2787 x 10.


October 24, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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