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An exciting and informative two-day program on the most advanced J-1 Physician topics facing our hospital, foreign-trained physician and Academic Medical Center clients. The first day will consist of a CLE with sessions that address J waiver issues, PERM/PNIW, H-1B Cap strategies, Academic Medical Center issues, and a panel with government reps. The second day will be focused on IMGT advocacy efforts in meetings with Congressional offices on the Hill.

All sessions will be led by Leading experts, government officials, and your colleagues at IMG Taskforce, AILA and NAFSA

There is a block of rooms being held at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel. Please visit the following website to reserve your room now! We have a great rate of $189.

Physician Immigration Law Institute

Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners

Presented by the International Medical Graduate Task Force

November 13 - 14, 2014

Thursday, November 13, 2014

8:00am 9:00am Continental Breakfast

Keynote - 8:30am

9:00am 10:15am Session 1: Conrad 30 & Beyond: J-1 Waiver Options


- Ken Hoogstra, von Briesen + Roper Chairperson

- Jan Pederson, Maggio and Kattar

- Brian Schmitt, Hake and Schmitt

- Barry Walker, Walker and Ungo


1. Developing a J-1 Waiver Strategy

2. Challenges in Working with State Health Agencies and Federal IGAs

3. Hardship/Persecution Waivers

4. Travel, J-1 Extensions and Other Events During J-1 Waiver Process

10:15am 10:30am Break

10:30am 11:45am Session 2: PNIW and PERM


- Michelle Kobler, Klasko, Rulon, Stock, & Seltzer Chairperson

- Kristi Crawford (PERMs), Crawford Immigration Law

- Wendy Castor Hess, Goldblum & Hess

- Sarah K. Peterson Stensrud, Esq. (PNIW), Aronson & Associates

- Alison P. Shurtleff, Clark Hill Moderator


1. Navigating the Physician National Interest Waiver Process

2. Difficulties and Differences Among States and Physicians

3. Understanding the nuances of PERMs

4. Hard Issues and Best Practices Recommendations

5. Q & A

11:45am 12:00pm Break

12:00pm 1:00pm Lunch and Legislative Update Panel


- Greg Siskind, Visa Law Chairperson

- Kristen Harris, Harris Immigration Law

- Barry Walker, Walker and Ungo

1:00pm 1:50pm Session 3: Exploring the Bounds of the H-1B Cap Exemption

for IMGs


- Andrew Wizner, Leete, Kosto & Wizner Chairperson

- Khorzad Mehta, Murthy Law Firm

- Ellie Najfabadi, Law Offices of Carl Shusterman


1. What is an Institution of Higher Education?

2. Deference to Previous Cap Exemption Based on Affiliation

3. Claiming a New Cap Exemption Based on Affiliation

4. The Employed AtExemption

5. Concurrent Employment

6. Entities Transitioning from Nonprofit to For-Profit Status

1:50pm 2:00pm Break

2:00pm 2:50pm Session 4: The Good Dr. Needs an Appointment; Extenuating

Circumstances for the J-1 Waiver


- Mahsa Khanbabai, Law Offices of Mahsa Khanbabai Chairperson

- Bob Aronson, Aronson and Associates

- Heather Sivaraman, Law Offices of Danya Kelly


1. Taking the call from current clients - Dual Representation & Conflicts

2. What constitutes Extenuating Circumstances?

3. Making the case for Hardship Employer Conduct and/or Unforeseen Circumstances

4. Procedure for Transfer of Waiver Obligation requirements, best practices & timing

5. Impact of transfer on adjustment of status processes

6. Q & A

2:50pm 3:00pm Break

3:00pm 3:50pm Session 5: Representing Academic Medical Centers - Its Academic
But Far From Elementary


- Avalyn C. Langemeier, FosterQuan, LLP Chairperson

- Michele Stelljes, Houston Methodist Hospital System

- David Ware, Ware Gasparian

- Christopher Wendt, Mayo Clinic


1. Culture Shock: How Institutional Policies and Practices Differ from Private Employers

2. H-1B Update: ACWIA Wage Issues for Physicians

3. Less Common Work Visa Options for Physicians: H-1B International Renown

4. AMC Sponsorship for Permanent Residence

a. PERM Special Handling and Special Requirements

5. EB-1 Issues for Clinicians in the Academic Context

3:50pm 4:00pm Break

4:00pm 4:50pm Session 6: Government Panel


- Jennifer Minear, McCandlish Holton Discussion Leader

- Connie Berry, Texas Conrad Administrator

- Ellie Fitzpatrick, ECFMG

- Jennie Guilfoyle, DOS Waiver Review Division


1. J-1 program extensions: When and how are they possible and when no longer possible after
waiver is initiated?

2. Moonlighting while in J-1 status

3. Tips for best practices in assembling Conrad applications: What the states want to see

4. Best methods of communicating updated case information/changes to Waiver Review
Division after waiver has been filed

5. How to request expedited processing of a waiver application through Waiver Review Division

5:30pm 7:00pm Networking Reception on The Terrace

7:00pm Offsite Dine Around Dinners (Costs incurred are not included)

Friday, November 14, 2014

9:00am Depart for Capitol Hill for lobbying

All Day - Departures on own if not attending Capitol Hill

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