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Physician Immigration for Experts

Speakers: Robert Aronson, Ingrid Brey, Loan Huynh, Elahe Najfabadiand, Brian Schmitt, Debra Schneider, Charley Wintersteen, and others to be announced.

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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 Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Waiver Program (Discussion Leader: Debra Schneider)

  • How to assess and discuss persecution/hardship waiver strategies with a client
  • Pros and cons of IGA waivers vs. persecution/hardship waivers
  • When would asylum be a better option

SECOND Phone Session on Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
H-1B Workaround Program (Discussion Leader: Robert Aronson)

  • Creative strategies for establishing affiliation with institutions of higher education
  • Alternative options to H-1B sponsorship

THIRD Phone Session on Thursday, January 7, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
PERM-Focused Program (Discussion Leader: Loan Huynh)

  • When is PERM the right solution?
  • ETA 9089 drafting techniques for IMG cases
  • Prevailing wage issues
  • PERM trends and issues for IMGs

Debra A. Schneider

Debra A. Schneider (Discussion Leader, Session I) provides advice on complex immigration matters to help employers and employees in their shared quest for work authorization and a long term future in the United States. Debra has spent her entire career as an attorney practicing immigration law. For more than a decade, she has provided clear and well-researched advice to a diverse client base that has included multi-national corporations, individual entrepreneurs, world-class scientists, and professional athletes and artists, among many others. She has a thorough knowledge of the complex United States immigration system and enjoys helping her clients navigate these complexities to achieve their immigration goals. Whether she’s securing lawful permanent residence, litigating appeals in the 8th circuit or advising on immigration consequences of criminal convictions, Debra offers compassion with her counsel. With Debra, clients know they have entered a true legal partnership as they work together to strengthen businesses, advance careers, improve lives or keep families together.

Robert Aronson

Robert Aronson (Discussion Leader, Session II) is a shareholder at Fredrikson & Byron, a major multi-practice law firm in Minneapolis and is a member of the leadership team of the Immigration Group at the firm. He is a prolific author and engaging speaker on immigration matters, having authored over 70 articles and spoken at innumerable national and regional meetings, workshops, and conferences. He has a national reputation as a leader in his professional field as evidenced by various major professional accomplishments, including: Fulbright Fellow at the law schools of Harvard and Moscow State University; Editor-in-Chief of The Physician Immigration Book (ILW: 2011-2012 Edition), which is the most authoritative treatise on immigration matters for international physicians; legal advisor on the advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services in its study on appropriate immigration policy for international physicians; founder and first chair of the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Taskforce, which is comprised of professionals in the law seeking more favorable policies and programs to address the country’s physician shortage situation; and recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Service Award of the Indiana University School of Law. In 2015, Bob was the inaugural recipient of the Roberta Friedman Lifetime Achievement Award that was issued in recognition of his contributions to the field of immigration law and policy for International Physicians.

Loan T. Huynh

Loan T. Huynh (Discussion Leader, Session III) focuses on employment-based immigration, corporate immigration compliance and global mobility solutions for employers, including Fortune 500 companies, mid-size companies, entrepreneurs/investors and family-owned farms by developing practical immigration policy and strategies to meet their global mobility and immigration goals. Loan partners with clients to provide them with a strategic, practical and reflective approach to legal advice, focusing on their goals and resources. Loan leads Fredrikson & Byron’s Immigration Team’s I-9 audit and corporate immigration compliance practices. They include drafting corporate immigration policies, counseling on I-9/E-Verify policy and procedures, defending employers in civil and criminal work-site enforcement actions and conducting immigration due diligence in mergers, acquisitions and other corporate transactions. Loan has extensive experience in advising clients in the agricultural, food processing, life sciences, biotechnology, energy, health care (health care systems, hospitals and individual physicians), software and other high-tech sectors, financial services and manufacturing industries. She partners with her clients in finding creative work-visa solutions to meet their labor-force needs, including the use of the H-1B for specialty occupations, L-1 intra-company visas for multinational employees, E-1/E-2 investor/trader visas, B1/H-3/J-1 trainee visas and temporary H-2A agricultural and H-2B temporary nonagricultural visas. Loan is a frequent special speaker at national conferences and has written extensively on immigration issues.

Ingrid K. Brey has held, for more than 10 years, The Highest Possible Rating for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards by Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent®. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America©. Named the Best Lawyers® 2016 and 2011 Immigration Law "Lawyer of the Year in Detroit", she is also listed by dbusiness Magazine as among its "2015 Top Lawyers in Metro Detroit". Ms. Brey is an author of numerous articles on immigration law, including annually the Chapter, “Immigration” in the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Employment Law in Michigan: An Employer's Guide (2015). As well, she has presented nationally on immigration in the field of health care and corporate compliance and immigration. Ms. Brey is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) in which she has served on various national committees, including Department of Labor, Department of State, Nebraska Service Center, AILA Liaison to Mexican Consulates and as AILA’s Michigan Chapter Chair. She also chaired AILA's Physician Committee. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University, she graduated cum laude from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She holds an LL.M. from The Georgetown University Law Center.

Elahe Najfabadi

Brian C. Schmitt is a partner at Hake & Schmitt in New Windsor, Maryland, where he concentrates on all kinds of waiver applications with an emphasis on J-1 waivers. In particular, he focuses on Form I-612 hardship and persecution waivers, handling such matters at all stages, including administrative appeals and federal litigation. Brian has contributed to the legal literature in the difficult area of program, policy, and foreign relations issues in J-1 waiver cases involving U.S. Government funding, such as Fulbright cases. He is interested in litigation involving judicial review of J-1 waiver denials based on negative State Department Recommendations. He also handles employment-based cases. He holds memberships in the following organizations: American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), International Medical Graduate Taskforce (comprising J-1 lawyers across the United States), IMMLOG Listserve, AILA Military Assistance Program (AILA MAP), and the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. He serves on the editorial board of Bender's Immigration Bulletin. He is also a Captain, Judge Advocate (Reservist), in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, where he focuses on military justice (criminal law), administrative law, international and operational law, and legal assistance. He is particularly interested in military-immigration law issues. Brian served on the AILA MAP Task Force in since 2014. He received his B.S. in General Biology from the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. He received his J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, Detroit, Michigan.

Charles Wintersteen represents employers, families and individuals with respect to all aspects of the immigration system in the United States. Charles Wintersteen is a 1991 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, and holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in history from the University of Colorado and the University of Oregon, respectively. Mr. Wintersteen was admitted to practice by the Illinois Supreme Court in November 1991 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits. For the past twenty years Mr. Wintersteen has served as a board member, volunteer trainer, and pro bono advocate for several community and immigrant rights organizations in Chicago. Since 2010 Mr. Wintersteen has taught immigration law as a member of the adjunct faculty at IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law.

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$149 Seminar Package
Includes all three dates:
November 12, 2015 (60 min)
December 3, 2015 (60 min)
January 7, 2016 (60 min)

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