Immigration and Entrepreneurship

Please join us for an open forum to learn more about entrepreneurship and network with the Columbia University startup community. You’ll hear from Columbia alumni and other experts on their experiences working in the field, how they’ve applied their Columbia experience in their careers, and more.

Wednesday, January 24 will feature Megan Kludt, Partner at Curran, Berger & Kludt LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in all areas of immigration, including business, achievement, investment, family, and humanitarian bases for immigration status.

Megan is very knowledgeable on visa options for students after graduation, and specializes in complex immigration cases in the areas of business, academia, scientific research, and the arts. Additionally, she was selected by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) to provide emergency legal aid to children at the US/Mexico border and was honored as one of AILA New England’s Pro Bono Champions in 2016.

Megan holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a Master of International Relations from Boston University, and a JD with an international concentration from Boston University School of Law.

At this month’s open forum, Megan will discuss

  • Options and requirements for various visas, such as: J1, O-1B, and H-1B
  • Visa options and NYC/NYS immigration resources for foreign startup founders
  • How much of an impact a lawyer/representation has on a visa application
  • How to find out whether or not a startup is qualified to help employees file for work visas
  • The process of hiring and granting a visa for a non-USA citizen that just finished school in the USA
  • The STEM extension of the OPT for foreign entrepreneurs launching startups (non-employed by existing and E-Verify companies)
  • Shareholding issues that may caused by the immigration status of foreign entrepreneurs in start-up companies

Registration link

Event Contact Information:
Columbia Engineering Entrepreneurship


Jan 24 2024


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


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Formats (virtual, in person, hybrid)



Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research


Columbia Engineering
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