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Immigration attorney to speak at University of Georgia about visa issues related to entrepreneurial activities

Immigration attorney to speak at University of Georgia about visa issues related to entrepreneurial activities

ATHENS, Ga. — The U.S. Alliance for International Entrepreneurs will present two workshops, “Down to Business: International Visa Issues Relating to Entrepreneurial Activities,” on immigration options and challenges for entrepreneurial activities involving international graduate students, post-docs and researchers on Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, in room S175 of the Paul D. Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences. The workshops, led by immigration attorney Dan Berger, will focus on two distinct groups: the workshop for principal investigators, administrators and faculty will begin at 1 p.m. and the workshop for international students and scholars will begin at 4 p.m. Berger’s visit is sponsored by UGA’s Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, Innovation Gateway, Terry College Entrepreneurship Program, and Immigration Services in the Office of International Education.

Entrepreneurialism has become an integral part of university education, but student F and J visas originally were designed to discourage working while pursuing an education in the U.S. International students can learn about what opportunities they may participate in while on an F or J visa, how to plan ahead for maximum flexibility, and what other types of visas may be available to them. Other topics covered in the workshops will include strategies for bringing students, postdocs and researchers into work for startups or at incubators, options for international faculty on temporary visas to create or participate in startups, and an overview of new trends as the federal administration transitions.

Attendees should indicate their interest in one of the workshops by filling out the online RSVP form here:

Berger is scheduled for one-on-one appointments with international faculty, staff and students on Tues., Feb. 14, to consult about specific situations or programs. All appointment slots are currently full.

Berger is a partner at the law firm of Curran & Berger in Northampton, Mass., and a frequent speaker, editor and writer on immigration law. He has been editor for the AILA Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook since 2000, and edited Immigration Options for Academics and Researchers, the International Adoption Sourcebook, and the Diplomatic Visa Guide. A graduate of Harvard College and Cornell Law School, Berger also is a founding member of the U.S. Alliance for International Entrepreneurs, which provides services and advice to international entrepreneurs. He has also coauthored an article outlining visa options for international entrepreneurs. For more information, visit:

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The Office of International Education supports the University of Georgia’s academic, research and outreach missions and strategic directions through the promotion of global learning experiences for students, the sponsorship and support of international students, scholars, faculty and staff, and the development of international research and instructional partnerships and collaborations. For more information, visit