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Global Gab : The Ins and Outs of Immigrant Artist Visas

Updated: May 7, 2021

In partnership with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

January 2021 - it can only go uphill from here!

Global Gab is excited to kickstart the new year by equipping everyone with the ins and outs of the different types of artist visas available in the United States. We understand the process of a visa application can be really intimidating and tedious. Hence, we hope to help make the process more than bearable for you.

On 26 January, 2021, 7pm EST, we will be inviting 2 immigration lawyers to share their expertise with us. Should you have any burning artist visa related questions, please send them to us at Jody and Salma, hosts of Global Gab, look forward to collating the questions and moderating a productive session.

Whether you are currently on the F1, J1, OPT, O1 or H1B visa, in transition between any of them, or considering renewals, we invite you to join us for an evening of knowledge.

American author Carlos Castaneda once said, “A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting.” So act today, RSVP and let us help you get started on the journey of being an artist who is living and working in the United States.



Rakhel Speyer Milstein has been working in the field of US immigration law for nearly 20 years. Her law firm, Milstein Law Group, PLLC, focuses on business immigration law, with a specialty in O-1 and EB-1 “extraordinary ability” cases. She has worked with thousands of talented individuals, ranging from all aspects of the arts, to sciences, athletics, business, and everything in between. Additionally, her practice handles green card applications for family members and for employees. She has challenged the government in federal court on many occasions, resulting in the granting of overdue benefits to her clients. As a zealous advocate for her immigration clients, Ms. Milstein is passionate about her work and is eager to share the intricacies of US immigration law to foreign nationals, especially foreign students embarking on their careers in the US.


Recognized in The New York Times as a "Super Lawyer" in the fields of Entertainment, Intellectual Property, and Artist Immigration, Brian is a partner in the performing arts and entertainment firm of Goldstein and Guilliams PLLC.

Brian has over 20 years’ experience providing legal, arts management, consulting services and strategic support to artists and arts organizations throughout the field of arts and entertainment on issues such as visas and touring for foreign artists; rights and licensing; profit and non-profit organization and management; project management; negotiations and representation; career development; and the general practices and trends of the arts and entertainment industry.

Currently, Brian is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of The New School of the Performing Arts in New York City, where he teaches “Culture and Creative Industries.” In addition to serving on the Adjunct Faculty in the Masters in Arts Management program at George Mason University, Brian has lectured and taught classes at New York University, the Julliard School, the Mannes School of Music, Brooklyn College, Marlboro College, and for the Kennedy Center Arts Management Fellowship Program, as well as served on panels and presented seminars at arts conferences throughout the world.

Brian received a B.A. (With Distinction and Recognition) in English and Theatre from George Mason University and his J.D. from American University. He also attended Oxford University (St. Peters College) where he studied medieval history and literature. Brian was also one of the founders and Artistic Director of Lord Foppington & Company, an award-winning theatrical production company dedicated to the performance of period and period-themed comedies.

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