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Washington, DC 20024

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After November 23rd all registrations will be considered a late registration. The late registration price is $495.

We look forward to welcoming you to Washington DC again for the second Physician Immigration Law Institute at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Please see below for specific program information.

The block at the Mandarin Oriental our headquarter hotel is currently sold out. We have secured overflow rooms at the JW Marriott. The link is:

JW Marriott Washington D.C.

1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20004-1796, US

The negotiated rate is $249 a night. Please act fast as these rooms are only available until November 15th.

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Physician Immigration Law Institute

Advanced Issues for J-1 Physician Employers and Practitioners

Presented by the International Medical Graduate Task Force

December 4 - 5, 2016

All events will take place in The Oriental Ballroom unless otherwise noted.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

6:00 – 8:00pm Please come prepared with questions for Roundtable Discussions

IMG Derivatives and IMG Travel Issues

- Andrew Wizner (dl), Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP

- Joseph Curran, Curran & Berger

- Jan Pederson, Maggio-Kattar, PC

H-1B - Affiliation and employed “at”

- Amy Erlbacher-Anderson (dl), Baird Holm LLP

- Khorzad Mehta, Murthy Law Firm

- Barry Walker, Walker & Ungo

Physician EB-1 and NYSDOT NIW

- Adam Cohen (dl), Siskind Susser, PC

- Benjamin Kurten, Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, SC

- Debra Schneider, Fredrikson & Byron, PA


- Sarah Peterson (dl), SPS Immigration

- Alex Dgebuadze, Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP

- Jonathan Moore, McCandlish Holton PC

Academic Medical Institutions

- Mahsa Khanbabai (dl), Khanbabai Immigration Law

- Elissa Taub, Siskind Susser, PC

- Marc Topoleski, Ellis Porter PLC

- Christopher Wendt, Mayo Clinic

Monday, December 5, 2016

8:00 – 9:00am Registration, Welcome by Roy Watson, & Keynote by Connie Berry

9:00 – 10:15am Government Panel

The government agency panel will host a robust exchange between ECFMG and the State Department on J-1 physician program sponsorship issues and J-1 waivers. We will also discuss adjudications issues for IMGs including J-2 to H-1B, Neufeld, PNIWs, medical licensure, affiliation-based cap exemption, degree equivalencies, etc.


- Jennifer Minear (dl), McCandlish Holton PC

- Irene Anthony, ECFMG

- Ciro Parascandola, USCIS

- Diane E. Culkin, U.S. Department of State

10:15 10:30am Break

10:30 11:45am Quirky Issues in NIVs for IMGs

Options if no USMLE?

Are Canadians different?

TN, O-1, E-3

When do you need licensure for each?


- Suzanne Seltzer (dl), The Seltzer Firm, PLLC

- Heather Sivaraman, Sivaraman Immigration Law

- Rita Sostrin, Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP

11:45 12:00pm Break

12:00 1:00pm Lunch and Legislative Update


- Greg Siskind (dl), Siskind Susser PC


1:15 2:45pm Advanced Topics in PNIWs

This panel will highlight state-by-state differences in public interest letter criteria and procedures, compare the PNIW option with the labor certification option, discuss multi-state PNIW cases, propose best practices for post-filing documentary service requirements, analyze implications of the published and survey recent adjudication trends.

- Kristin Harris (dl), Harris Immigration Law, LLC

- Elahe (Ellie) Najfabadi, Law Offices of Elahe Najfabadi

- Charles Wintersteen, Charles Wintersteen & Associates

1:15 2:00pm Intersection of Health Care, Contracts, and Credentialing

Employers of foreign physicians face a number of significant contract and compliance issues. Physician employment and recruitment agreements must be constructed with an eye on Stark compliance. Physicians must also be mindful of how their visa status affects employment issues. Credentialing issues are a constant worry. This panel examines the complexity faced by employers of foreign physicians.

How Stark Laws impact foreign physician recruiting and employment

Physician contracts: Fair market value from a health care perspective

Moonlighting and the J-1 physician

The ACGME and ABMS and state licensure requirements

- Andy Kloeckner, Baird Holm LLP

- Christopher Wendt, Mayo Clinic

- Rob Wolff, Littler Mendelson

2 2:45pm Allied Health Professionals

As health care facilities employ more than just physicians, it is important to know and appreciate what options are available for the many health care professionals that support the world of medicine. This session will discuss visa issues and options for nurses, medical technologists, therapists, and others who provide health care and other services.

- Amy Erlbacher - Anderson (dl), Baird Holm LLP

- Gary Ilagan, Munsch Hardt

- Jose Perez, Foster LLP

2:45 3:00pm Break


3:00 4:30pm In-Depth Issues in J-1 Waivers

The panel will discuss procedure and best practices in working with various federal and state agencies, including U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), Delta regional Authority (“DRA”), Appalachian Regional Commission (“ARC”), as well as various states Departments of Health (Conrad 30) and other federal departments and their particular procedures, processes and recent practices. Representatives of various agencies will share their insight and tips and complying with the waiver request procedures, as well as upcoming changes.

- Ellen Freeman (dl), K&L Gates LLP

- Naveen Bhora, Wolfsdorf Rosenthal LLP

- Bevin Hunter, Delta Regional Authority

- Katie Jacob, Dinsmore & Shohl

- Olivette Burroughs, Virginia Department of Health

3:00 3:45pm PERM for Physicians

Section K and Physicians, oh my! With new regulations on the horizon this panel will look at current PERM trends specific to physicians and how to prepare a solid PERM case. This will include a Regulatory Update, Prevailing wage trends, and best practices in structuring the case.

- Sarah Peterson (dl), SPS Immigration

- Alex Dgebuadze, Sostrin Immigration Lawyers, LLP

- Jonathan Moore, McCandlish Holton PC

- Bill Rabung, Department of Labor

3:45 4:30pm Fast Track for Permanent Residence: Academic Physicians and Researchers

Physicians and researchers who work for institutions of higher education have an advantage when seeking permanent residence because there are options available to them that are not available to others. This panel will discuss how to choose the best strategy and provide tips and best practices.

Choosing the right strategy: PERM (Special Handling or Hybrid) vs. EB1 vs. National Interest Waiver/NYSDOT

Balancing employer and foreign national interests in developing case strategy

PERM Special Handling eligibility, considerations and tips

PERM Hybrid eligibility

What is extraordinary or outstanding for academic physicians and for researchers

Role and importance of metrics in EB1 and National Interest Waiver cases

Developing effective outside support letters

Where does clinical service end and biomedical research begin

- Avalyn Langemeier (dl), Foster LLP

- Bob Aronson, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

- David Ware, Ware Immigration

4:30 5:00pm Conference round-up, and tips for next day’s lobbying

- Ian Wagreich (dl)

- Peter Landis

5:00 7:00pm Cocktail Reception in the Gallery Room

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What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Valet parking is available for those attending just for the day. Valet parking is $30 for the day. The Smithsonian Metro stop is the closest to the hotel.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Shelby Meyer at or 630-346-5074.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

Registrations are non-transferable. Cancellations must be made Friday 25 November 2016

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