Lawyer Bio

Karin Wolman is a graduate of Columbia University and UCLA School of Law. She began preparing employment based visa petitions at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the nation’s oldest performing arts center. She worked there when the O and P visa categories were first introduced for performing artists, obtaining visas for touring theater, opera and dance companies, musicians, multimedia artists, and children’s entertainment groups. Since 1996, Ms. Wolman has practiced in small & medium sized boutique firms handling immigration matters exclusively, and opened her own practice in 2006.

Ms. Wolman is a New York immigration attorney serving large companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals, spanning nearly every industry from healthcare, scientific research, service and academic institutions, to finance and technology firms. Also devoted to “aliens of extraordinary ability,” she has extensive experience serving clients of all sizes in the arts, entertainment and design professions, including the fine arts, graphic arts, performing arts, culinary arts, architecture, interior design, industrial and fashion design. Based on her diverse experience with O-1 visas in business and the arts, she serves as the moderator of the American Immigration Lawyers Association message board and attorney discussion forum on O & P visas.

She advises employers on screening, hiring and I-9 practices, as well as all aspects of visas for new hires and green card sponsorship for retention of existing workforce. She advises and helps individuals to obtain the right visas, as well as permanent residence (green card) and citizenship, and helps to plan appropriate visa strategies for transitions from student to professional, for job and career changes, to unite family members, and to overcome grounds of ineligibility or other obstacles to a visa, green card, or citizenship – such as waivers of the two year foreign residence requirement for J1exchange visitors, waivers of the three and ten year bars for those who have overstayed, and waivers for some types of criminal or immigration history.

Ms. Wolman has published articles with the Practising Law Institute and the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and speaks at a variety of local and national conferences on topics in immigration law. For AILA’s New York chapter, she has served as an officer of the Continuing Legal Education, Nominating, District Director Liaison, Citizenship Day & Social Committees; she has served on other committees including Corporate Practice, Pro Bono, Unauthorized Practice of Law, and Advocacy & Media, and also as an Editor of the Handbook for the annual New York Symposium. At the national level, she has served on AILA’s Publications, Annual Conference Planning, Distance Education & ACES (Athletics, Culture, Entertainment & Science) Committees.

Karin Wolman