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"Healthy or Ailing? Immigration for Doctors and Healthcare Workers"
Speakers: William Stock, James Acoba, Robert Aronson, Sylvia Boecker,
Jan Pederson and Gregory Siskind

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips by William Stock, Robert Aronson and other guest speakers, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on April 24:

1. How to Immigrate as a Physician

  1. Credentialling and licensing: What does it take to be a US doctor? (ECFMG, residuary, USMLE)
  2. Entering to get credentialed
    1. F Visa - study centers
    2. J Visa - how to get it (no more researcher to doctor switch)
    3. H Visa - What's really required to be an H-1B resident
    4. O Visa Can it work for a "training" position?
  3. Permanent Residence Options (or, I've got my license, now what?)
    1. Labor Cert
    2. NIW for Underserved area
    3. EB-1 or NIW for high-level clinicians

SECOND Phone Session on May 24:

2. 212(e) Waivers for Doctors

  1. What's a HPSA, anyway, and how do I find out if my job is in one?
  2. Which federal government agencies sponsor waiters?
  3. I'm a specialist, where can I go?
  4. State 20 programs
  5. Waiver procedures - nuts and bolts
  6. Interaction of J waiver and NIW for underserved areas

THIRD Phone Session on June 24:

3. Allied Health Care Workers

  1. Nurses - the "straight to green card" option
  2. Nurses for shortage areas (or, does H-1C really work?)
  3. Dentists, chiropractors and others called "Doctor"
  4. PTs, OTs, and other therapists
  5. Medical technologists
  6. Credentialling and licensing issues
  7. Specialty occupation issues for allied health professionals
  8. What's this "Visa Screen" anyway?
  9. Permanent Residence issues and options
Citations for Session 1        Citations for Session 2        Citations for Session 3
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William A. Stock is a partner in the immigration law group at Dechert. He represents multinational and domestic corporations and their employees, as well as private individuals, in immigration matters before the INS, the Department of Labor, U.S. Immigration Courts, and at U.S. Consulates. He also handles enforcement proceedings, administrative litigation, asylum applications, and the immigration consequences of criminal convictions and marital dissolution. In 2000, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded Bill the Joseph Minsky Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions made by a young lawyer to the field of immigration law. He is the immigration editor for Bender's Labor and Employment Bulletin, is an associate editor of AILA's annual Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook, and is co-author of the "J Visa Guidebook" from Matthew Bender. Bill has served on the board of governors of the AILA and chaired several committees of AILA's Philadelphia Chapter. He is an adjunct professor of law at Villanova University School of Law and a frequent speaker at AILA National Conferences, regional immigration conferences, and continuing legal education courses. Bill is fluent in German.

James David Acoba practices immigration and health law in Los Angeles. He has a degree in medicine from the University of Nebraska, a masters in Human Relations and Business Adminstration from Webster College, and a J.D. from Western State University. Mr. Acoba was an associate professor of immigration law at his alma mater from 1985-1990. He has served as Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Immigration Section, as Chair of the AILA Southern California Chapter, and as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Immigration. He presently serves on AILA's Board of Governors and is a member of the INS Benefits Policy Liaison Committee.

Robert Aronson focuses on immigration based on employment and investment. He has gained a high degree of national prominence for this professional services for foreign physicians and other foreign health-care workers. At present, he chairs the Alien Physician Task Force of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, which is the lead effort within the immigration bar to promote more favorable practices and policies for foreign physicians. He is the author of over 50 publications dealing with immigration legal issues for foreign physicians, including "Foreign Physicians Within the Health Care System: Immigration Strategies and Procedures", (Immigration Briefings), which is generally considered as the most authoritative treatise on immigration matters for medical doctors. He has also served as a consultant on immigration matters to the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME)/Department of Health and Human Services, which is a blue-ribbon panel of healthcare policy experts. He is frequently invited to speak to organizations within both the legal and medical professions and is a regular contributor on immigration policies to publications of the American Medical Association. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor in International Management at the University of St. Thomas, and a former Fellow of the Walter F. Mondale Policy Forum. He also serves as a Vice President of The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS), which is an internationally awarded immigration agency dating back to 1881.

Sylvia J. Boecker, an attorney in private practice in Virginia, has served as Chair of AILA's Greater Chicago Chapter and as President of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on Immigration Law. She is the author of many articles on immigration issues for nurses. She has degrees in Latin American Studies from the University of Denver and in Spanish from Oberlin College, and a J.D. from DePaul University. Ms. Boecker served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines.

Jan Pederson is the founder of the law firm Pederson & Freedman, LLP in Washington, D.C. in 1980. Excellent service and results to the client are the top priorities of the firm. This philosophy is manifested in the dedicated daily work of all firm members. In fulfilling its responsibilities of serving an international clientele, the firm leadership believes it is important to our clients that a firm member be available at all times (7 days a week, 365 days a year) to resolve problems.

Gregory Siskind has experience handling all aspects of immigration and nationality law and has represented numerous clients throughout the world. Mr. Siskind provides consultations to corporations and individuals on immigration law issues and handles cases before the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the Department of State, the Department of Labor and other government agencies. For the past several years, he has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Greg is a member of the American Bar Association where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman and on the Council of the Law Practice Management Section. He is also a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Nashville Bar Association and the Memphis Bar Association. He serves on the board of the British American Business Association of Tennessee. And he serves on the Board of Directors of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and on the executive boards of the Jewish Family Service agencies in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. He recently was named one of the Top 40 executives under age 40 in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. Greg regularly writes on the subject of immigration law. He has written several hundred articles on the subject and is also the author of the new book The J Visa Guidebook, published by Matthew Bender and Company, one of the nation's leading legal publishers. He is working on another book for Matthew Bender on entertainment and sports immigration.


$199 Seminar Package
Audio tape of Apr 24 seminar (90 minutes)
 Audio tape of May 24 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Jun 24 seminar (90 minutes)

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