Cynthia Yializis

Attorney · University of Pittsburgh School of Law

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.

Articles By Cynthia Yializis

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.
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.
Transferring Schools or Colleges on an F-1 Student Visa
No matter how much research and planning you did before choosing a school in the United States, you might become dissatisfied with your chosen one. Here's how to transfer.
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.
Bringing Family to the U.S. While on a Student Visa
Planning to study in the U.S. on an F-1 or M-1 visa? If so, your spouse and minor children (under 21 years of age and unmarried) may request visas to come and stay in the United States with you.
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?
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 Is a Waiver of Inadmissibility Available for a Green Card Applicant?
In some cases, a special application for legal forgiveness will overcome a bar to receiving lawful permanent residence.
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.
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.