Presentation by  Christina Kan and Charles Printz

This workshop will give an overview of the legal options for immigrant artists, in all disciplines, seeking to pursue an artistic career in the United States. It will cover basic immigration law and visa procedures in addition to unique legal options for artists. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience.

Please be advised that the content of this workshop does not constitute legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. It serves, instead, as a source of basic immigration law and legal information of interest to immigrant artists and others seeking to pursue a career in the United States. Individuals should contact an immigration attorney at the time they are seeking help as immigration laws change frequently.

Presented by Christina Kan, Law Office of Christina Kan, P.C., and Charles Printz, Dewan & Associates, PLLC: 

WHEN: Wednesday, April 29, 6:30PM to 8:00PM

WHERE: New York Foundation for Arts, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Closest Subway
* F to York Street station.

Relatively Close Subway
* A to High Street / Brooklyn Bridge station.

This event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP.

For more information contact [email protected]

Presenter Bios:

Christina Kan is a seasoned New York immigration attorney, with a focus on employment and family immigration at her practice, Law Office of Christina Kan, P.C. She represents a wide variety of clients on business-related immigration matters involving the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of foreign nationals in the United States. Ms. Kan’s experience with employment visas range from visas such as O-1 extraordinary ability visas, H-1B work visas, L-1 intra company transferee visas and J1 training visas. Ms. Kan has also assisted hundreds of clients with family-based visas, green cards, citizenships and VAWA cases.

Ms. Kan is admitted to practice in the States of New York. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from University at Buffalo in 2007.  

Ms. Kan is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyer Association (AILA). She is part of the Citizenship Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee for Attorneys at AILA.  Her firm website can be found at

Charles Printz is a Counselor to the global immigration law firm of Dewan & Associates, PLLC. He counsels the firm in areas that include O-1 Artist visas, J-1 waivers of the Home Country Requirement for foreign medical graduates, researchers, and scientists, including waivers based on hardship or persecution, and on immigration issues related to political asylum, refugees, international women’s human rights and humanitarian law.

An attorney and former U.S. Foreign Service Officer, and graduate of Columbia Law, Charles has over 30 years of international experience and refugee resettlement work with the U.S. Department of State, the Intelligence Community, and with international human rights organizations. He has traveled widely for the U.S. government in Southeast Asian and African countries, and he has had postings with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (US/UN) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Owing to his experiences in the countries of Indochina, Charles served as one of two guardians-at-law for Amerasian youth in Vietnam, helping to draft the Amerasian Homecoming Act of 1987 (PL 100-202), and, later, for the Lao Veterans of America, he helped draft the Hmong Veterans’ Naturalization Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-207). Active in non-profit human rights work, he is Deputy Director for the non-profit law group Human Rights Advocates International (HRAI) and the HRAI Main Representative to the United Nations. Mr. Printz’s refugee work has been the subject of a March 2014 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) documentary on the Montagnards of Vietnam, and articles in the New York Daily News, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and in Newsweek.

This workshop takes place in conjunction with NYFA’s current exhibition, Face to Place, that highlights select participants of NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program from its inaugural year in 2007 through 2014. 

Image: MARK 11 Boot Camp, Center for Photography at Woodstock, 2011. Photo Credit: Akemi Hiatt, 3.6.2011, Courtesy the Center for Photography at Woodstock.

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