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Webinar: What International Scientists Should Know about Immigration and Travel



Webinar: What International Scientists Should Know about Immigration and Travel

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By


The White House Executive Order on Immigration appears likely to change the U.S. immigration system, despite a recent federal ruling temporarily blocking its enforcement. In particular, the Executive Order could have significant ramifications for the scientific community. A 2013 National Science Foundation report found that one in six U.S. scientists and engineers is an immigrant (naturalized U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or temporary visa holder).

During this webinar, led by an experienced immigration attorney with a scientific background, we will discuss the implications of this Executive Order for international graduate students, postdocs, and early-career scientists currently residing in the U.S. and those who wish to apply for graduate programs or jobs in the U.S. Information covered will be applicable to not only scientists from the seven countries specifically listed in the Executive Order, but to any international scientist concerned about overseas travel in the near future.

Interested participants should submit their questions at by March 3, 2017.

This event is free, but registration is required. Participation instructions will be provided upon registration.

Important Disclaimer: This webinar is intended for researchers and academics currently working or studying in the U.S. or who may have applied to work or study here. It is not intended to address questions from the general public and it's not to be considered legal advice.


* Presentation times are subject to change.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

3:00 PM

Welcome Remarks by Science Alliance Director, Yaihara Fortis, PhD

3:05 PM

NYC Postdoc Coalition will set the stage about the importance of the international scientific community in the US

3:20 PM

Liqin Ban will answer questions and provide general advice for international scientists traveling outside the U.S. in the future

3:45 PM

Q&A (questions will be selected ahead of time)

4:00 PM

Meeting Closes


Liqin Ban

Liqin Ban PLLC

Liqin Ban is the principal attorney of the Law Office of Liqin Ban PLLC in New York City ( She represents corporations and individuals from around the world in a variety of immigration matters including business and family immigration.

Ms. Ban has obtained numerous Green Card approvals with high approval rates in EB-1A, EB-1B, and NIW. Her legal services are highly regarded by her clients. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Ban worked at Massachusetts General Hospital as a scientific researcher and has authored research papers published in top-ranked, high impact factor journals including PNAS. Ms. Ban received her JD at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University and MA in Biochemistry from Boston University, MS in Cell Biology from the Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China and BS in Biology from Beijing Normal University in Beijing, China. Ms. Ban is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and New York City Bar Association.

Yelena Bernadskaya, PhD

NYC Postdoc Coalition, Board of Directors

Yelena Bernadskaya is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Biology Department of New York University. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of cardiac progenitor migration and polarity during the embryonic development of the Sea Squirt (Ciona intestinalis). Yelena received her PhD in Genetics and Developmental Biology from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey / Rutgers in 2012. She is one of the founding members of the New York City Postdoctoral Coalition, a postdoc-led group that promotes career development, welfare, and advocacy for early career researchers. She is also a Board Member of Future of Research, and an organizer for New York City Skeptics. Her interests are promotion of science education, critical thinking, and science communication with the general public.