These statistics supporting the role of the U.S. in the globalization of academic science belie a common impediment that foreign scientists face: a challenging visa process that has seen a recent resurgence in delays for students and a low cap on permanent-resident visas for those aspiring to remain and work here. For international scientists, the immigration and visa process in the U.S. is a legitimate concern.
To help international science PhDs understand the intricacies involved in studying and working in the US, Science Alliance hosted the event “Navigating Immigration and Visa Issues: A Primer for Postdocs and Young Scientists” March 8, 2010, at the Academy. Leading the discussion was Kate Kalmykov, Associate, from Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, a law firm that specializes in immigration and nationality law. In their talk, they stepped through the alphabet of visa options available to foreign scientists, from H-1Bs, O-1s and J-1 Waivers, and addressed factors for those wishing to establish permanent residence status.
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