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Speakers: Barry Walker, Kathleen M. Angustia, Chris Brelje, Ingrid Brey, Ellie Najfabadi, Karen M. Pollins and Charles Wintersteen

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants. MCLE Credits in CA, TX and other states (click here for more details).


FIRST Phone Session on October 21: Non-Immigrant Options for Physicians

  • Prospects for Physician Practice in Light of Health Care Reform
  • H-1B vs. J-1 for Graduate Medical Training: Weighing the Pros and Cons
  • H-1B Clinicians and Academicians
    • Qualifying for cap exemptions
    • Dual appointments in academic medical centers
    • Credentialing and licensing concerns
    • Neufeld memo: impact and possible solutions
    • Prevailing wage issues for H-1B physicians
  • J-1 Residents and Fellows
    • Moonlighting during residency/fellowship
    • Credentialing and licensing concerns
  • O-1: When Is It a Good Idea and Which Phyicians Make the Grade
  • TN Status and Its Limitations

SECOND Phone Session on November 11: J-1 Clinical Waivers for Physicians

  • Interested Government Agencies
    • Conrad State 30
    • Delta Regional Authority
    • Appalachian Regional Commission
    • Department of Health and Human Services (Clinical and Research)
    • Veteran's Administration
  • Timing Issues: When to File I-129H: With or Without Medical License; With or Without I-612
  • Saying "Bye-Bye" Before the Waiver: Travel While the Waiver is Pending
  • Saying "Bye-Bye" After the Waiver: the "Extenuating Circumstances" Test

THIRD Phone Session on December 2: Immigrant Options Specifically for Physicians

  • PERM
    • Strategies for drafting the ETA-9089
    • Advertising requirements
    • PERM for medical residents and fellows
    • Timing considerations for H-1B residents and fellows
  • Physician National Interest Waivers
    • Requirements
    • Specialists
    • What time counts toward the five year commitment?
    • When the NIW physician moves or changes jobs

Citations for Session 1

Citations for Session 2


Barry Walker (Discussion Leader) practices immigration law in Tupelo, MS. Mr. Walker represents employers and employees in the processing of H-1B specialty occupations, O-1 visas for persons with Extraordinary Ability, L-1 intracompany transfer, E-1/E-2 treaty trader and treaty investor nonimmigrant visa cases. He regularly represents health care facilities and foreign medical graduates in J-1 waiver cases. He processes labor certification for skilled workers and college graduates. He prepares and processes visa petitions for aliens of extraordinary ability, and outstanding professors and researchers. Mr. Walker has obtained approval of national interest waivers in each of the four Immigration Service Regional centers and has been successful in this procedure in over 100 cases.

Kathleen M. Angustia has been practicing immigration and nationality law exclusively since 2003, most recently as an Associate at the law firm of Ross Silverman LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. She has has represented individual clients throughout the United States and abroad, with extensive experience in successfully representing physicians at major medical facilities and academic institutions in securing nonimmigrant visa petitions, and in permanent residence applications via PERM, and National Interest Waiver petitions. In addition, Ms. Angustia has experience with family-based immigration and naturalization matters. Ms. Angustia received her J.D. from Northeastern University in 2003, and is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts.

Chris Brelje has been practicing immigration law for over 20 years. He handles deportation defense cases, family-based immigration cases, and a wide variety of employment immigration matters. In 1995, immediately following the passage of the "State 20" J-1 waiver program for physicians, Mr. Brelje worked with the Arizona Department of Health on early drafts of what is now Arizona’s "Conrad 30" J-1 waiver program. He is past chairperson of the Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") and past chairperson of the Immigration Section of the State Bar of Arizona. Mr. Brelje has litigated in both state and federal court and has argued immigration cases at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1997 for expertise in immigration law. Chris holds Martindale-Hubbell’s "AV" rating, its highest distinction.

Ingrid Brey practices immigration law in Michigan.

Ellie Najfabadi is a corporate immigration attorney of the Law Firm of Carl Shusterman. She recently lectured over 100 immigration attorneys regarding applications for employment-based permanent residence through labor certification. Ms. Najfabadi is truly a citizen of the world. Born in Iran and educated in India, she is fluent in both Farsi and Hindi. Working for the United Nations in Spain, she honed her Spanish and served as a Spanish interpreter for the U.S. Immigration Court. Later, she worked as an immigration legal assistant while attending law school in the evening. She has over 20 years of experience in immigration law. She represents numerous Fortune 500 corporations, million dollar investors, health care employers, international medical graduates, outstanding professors and researchers and persons in a wide variety of occupations. She formerly served as the Chairperson of the Immigration Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Karen M. Pollins is an Associate at Goldblum & Hess in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania. She focuses her practice on employment-based immigration, primarily representing health care professionals and researchers in obtaining non-immigrant visas, permanent residence and waivers of the J-1 two year home residence requirement. Karen has authored several articles related to immigration options for physicians. A graduate of American University in International Relations and Latin American Studies/Spanish, Karen received her law degree from Temple University's Beasley School of Law. During law school, she worked at Nationalities Service Center representing victims of domestic violence and other criminal activity in U-visa and VAWA cases, in addition to handling family-based immigrant petitions and asylum claims. In recognition of her pro bono work in law school, Karen was named a Ruben Public Interest Fellow, awarded the Beth Cross Award by Temple University and honored by the Philadelphia Bar Association. She was recently selected as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer Rising Star in the field of immigration. Karen is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She speaks Spanish fluently.

Charles Wintersteen has concentrated his practice in immigration and nationality law since November 1991. Mr. Wintersteen is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. Mr. Wintersteen is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is active as a board member, volunteer trainer, and pro bono advocate for several community and immigrant rights organizations in Chicago.


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Includes all three dates:
Audio Steaming for Thur, Oct 21, 2010(60 minutes)
Audio Steaming for Thur, Nov 11, 2010(60 minutes)
Audio Steaming for Thur, Dec 2, 2010 (60 minutes)

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