Cynthia Yializis

Cynthia Yializis, J.D., has practiced both family and employment based immigration law for over five years. She discovered her interest in this field as a law student interning at Irish Refugee Legal Services. This experience made her realize that she wanted to use her law degree to help those who are seeking a better life and opportunity. She has since worked in both private practice and higher education. Cynthia is currently serving as the Assistant Director of the Center for International Legal Education at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and maintains a regular pro bono immigration practice.

Cynthia received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Arizona. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, fitness, and writing.

Learn more about Cynthia's legal practice at  Yializis Law. Cynthia can also be found on   Google +.

Articles By Cynthia Yializis

How Long It Takes to Get a Student Visa to the U.S.
Timing to plan around, both with respect to the school schedule and that of the U.S. government office with which you will be dealing.
How Long You Can Stay in the U.S. on a Student Visa
After having been granted an F-1 or M-1 student visa, and actually entered the United States, you can stay, pursuing your studies, until the expiration date shown on your I-94.
How Much Money You Need to Be Eligible for a U.S. Student Visa (F-1 or M-1)
Can you prove that you have the financial resources needed to get a student visa to the United States?
How to Prepare Form I-601 to Request a Waiver of Inadmissibility
Line-by-line instructions for filling out USCIS Form I-601, used to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility.
Getting a U.S. Visa for a Short, Recreational or Part-Time Study Course
If you are planning to take classes in the United States, the first type of visa you are likely to look into is an F-1 student visa. But it's not likely the best option for a short series of classes.
When F-1 Students Can Work in the U.S.
F-1 visa holders (but not their spouses or children) can work at almost any job on their school’s campus without needing to obtain U.S. government authorization. If you want to work off campus, however, you’ll need to request authorization from either your DSO or U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
What Are the Chances That My I-601 Waiver Will Be Granted?
USCIS approval of an I-601 waiver application is anything but automatic, particularly when it involves an extreme hardship determination. Find out how to improve your chances of success.
Can I Stay in U.S. as a Tourist After My Student Visa Expires?
If you have been studying in the United States, most likely on an F-1, M-1, or other temporary (nonimmigrant) visa, you may want to finish your stay with a little vacation.
Applying to Reinstate Your F-1 or M-1 Student Status
Students who have fallen out of F-1 or M-1 status may request their status back using USCIS Form I-539.
Proving "Extreme Hardship" to a U.S. Relative for Immigration Purposes
You might be eligible to file a waiver for certain grounds of inadmissibility based on the extreme hardship your qualified relative will experience if you are not admitted to the United States.