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 law 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, non-profit service and academic institutions, to finance and technology firms. Also devoted to “aliens of extraordinary ability,” she has extensive experience serving institutional and individual clients in the arts, entertainment and design professions, including the fine arts, graphic and web design, performing arts, culinary arts, architecture, interior design, industrial and fashion design.

She advises employers on screening, hiring, work visas and green card sponsorship for workforce development and retention. She advises and helps individuals to obtain the right visas, permanent residence (green card) and US citizenship. She 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 J-1 exchange 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 American Immigration Lawyers Association, Practising Law Institute, New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, & New York State Bar Association, and speaks at local and national conferences on a range of topics in immigration law. For AILA’s New York chapter, she has served as an officer of the Advocacy & Media, 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 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 Learning, ACES (Athletics, Culture, Entertainment & Science) Committees, and the Vermont Service Center Liaison Committees; she has also served on the Rome-EMEA District Chapter’s Distance Learning Committee.


Karin Wolman