Pittsburgh Organizations Unite to Present Strategies for Hiring and Retaining Foreign Students and Graduates

Workshop to Include Seminar, Employer Panel and Networking Reception

PITTSBURGH, PA – February 7, 2012 – This winter, a group of Pittsburgh-based organizations is launching an effort to more readily connect local companies with the many international students who study at the city’s world-class universities each year. Vibrant Pittsburgh, Cohen & GrigsbyGlobalPittsburgh and the Immigration Law Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law will present an Immigration Workshop from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Ballroom B at the University Club. The workshop is designed for international students and graduates, employers, and university administrators to learn about pre- and post-graduation immigration and employment strategies.

“Here in Pittsburgh, we have a golden opportunity to secure our position as a brain trust that is powered by top international talent,” said Melanie Harrington, CEO of Vibrant Pittsburgh. “For this to happen, everyone involved – students, university administrators and employers – need to better understand how to go about making the critical connections. They also need to have a better grasp of the relevant immigration laws and processes.”

During the two-hour workshop, university administrators will discover strategies for facilitating connections with local employers and organizations representing diverse communities in the region, as well as pre- and post-graduate options and strategies for international students. Students will learn about U.S. immigration rules and how to successfully transition to the workforce, including information about changing from F1 to H1B or other visa statuses, as well as related tax issues.

Vibrant Pittsburgh is an organization dedicated to developing a diverse workforce through collaboration with human resource departments, corporate recruiters, professional organizations and nonprofits. GlobalPittsburgh, meanwhile, is committed to improving the region’s global competitiveness by creating long-term relationships connecting the Pittsburgh community with international leaders and influencers.

Students in the Immigration Law Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law represent immigrants requesting asylum, facing removal from the United States, and seeking special protection under the Violence Against Women Act. Students also help clients to overcome linguistic and cultural barriers that could impede their success in the U.S. legal system.

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