In Good Form: Navigating the U.S. Visa and Immigration Process
Thousands of graduate students and postdocs come from around the world to work in U.S. laboratories. Once in the country, many hope to remain to continue advancing their careers. On April 8, 2009, Suzanne Seltzer and Kate Kalmykov, lawyers from the immigration and nationality law firm Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP, presented a webinar for Science Alliance members who need guidance on obtaining the proper visa for a short-term stay or a "green card" enabling them to live and work in the U.S. in perpetuity.
Seltzer and Kalmykov covered the concerns surrounding the most common visas issued to foreign researchers, including H-1B quotas, options for people subjected to the two-year home country residence requirement, and the factors considered in awarding O-series visas. They also covered the different options for those wishing to establish permanent residence in the United States.
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Suzanne B. Seltzer
Suzanne B. Seltzer heads the New York office of Klasko, Rulon, Stock & Seltzer, LLP. She is well known for her representation of universities, hospitals, and research institutions and their medical and research personnel in obtaining extraordinary ability and national interest waiver immigrant petitions, O-1 nonimmigrant visas, and waivers of the two-year home country residence requirement. Suzanne also was given the Cornerstone Award by the Lawyers Alliance for New York in recognition of her outstanding contributions to pro bono work on behalf of victims of human trafficking.
Kate Kalmykov, an associate in the KRSS New York City office, focuses her practice on business immigration. Kate has extensive experience working with various human resources departments on employment verification and worksite enforcement matters including I-9 and H-1B audits. Kate has handled numerous family and naturalization based matters and has successfully resolved security name check delays for adjustment of status and naturalization applicants through the filing of mandamus actions in federal district court. Kate received her JD from the American University and is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. A member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Kate is a member of the Corporate Practice and CLE committees of its New York Chapter.