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2021 Physician Immigration Update

Zoom Webinars
2pm to 3:30pm (Eastern Time)

Speakers: Elissa J. Taub (Discussion Leader), Adam Cohen, Katie Jacob, Melanie Keeney, Mahsa Khanbabai, Barry Walker, Julie Wilbers, Andy Wizner, Hamel Vyas and many more 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.


FIRST Zoom Session on March 19:

How Long Will I Wait? Latest Updates on Green Cards for Physicians

  • PERM trends
  • How the savvy attorney handles PNIW challenges
  • Who is eligible for EB-1?

SECOND Zoom Session on April 16:

NIVs for Physicians – Latest Trends

  • J-1 waiver report for FY 2021 and looking ahead to 2022
  • H-1B cap update
  • Latest tips and tricks for H-1B cap exemption
  • Consular processing of NIVs for doctors

THIRD Zoom Session on May 7:

Forever in School: Particular Issues for Physicians in Academia

  • J-1 Visa Processing
  • Green Cards in academia – special handling, EB-1B, etc.
  • Navigating university policies on who to sponsor
  • Regulatory updates


Elissa J. Taub (Discussion Leader) Elissa J. Taub is an attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser PC, where she practices primarily in the area of physician immigration. Elissa also handles cases for individuals in the sports, entertainment and fashion industries. She has extensive experience with J-1 waivers, H-1Bs, O-1s, EB-1 extraordinary ability petitions, National Interest Waivers and labor certification based green cards, as well as a variety of other business and family immigration processes. Prior to joining the firm in 2007, Elissa was an associate at two large law firms where she represented corporate clients in a variety of complex litigation matters, including antitrust, white collar criminal and class action litigation. Elissa earned her Juris Doctor degree from Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, PA where she graduated magna cum laude, Order of the Coif. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

Adam Cohen Adam S. Cohen is an attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser, where he practices exclusively immigration and nationality law. Mr. Cohen represents corporate and individual clients in several areas of immigration law, with a particular concentration on the immigration of physicians, researchers, and academics. He has considerable experience with J-1 waivers, H-1Bs, O-1s, TNs, EB-1s, National Interest Waivers, PERM labor certification green cards, Schedule A green cards, and various other business and family immigration procedures.

Katie Jacob Katie Jacob is an immigration lawyer in Dinsmore's Cincinnati office.For more than 10 years, Katie has advised businesses, universities, entrepreneurs and elite professionals on complex matters of immigration law and compliance. Focusing exclusively in federal practice, she represents clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Labor, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Melanie Keeney Melanie Gurley Keeney is an attorney from Tueth Keeney. She practices in the areas of education, employment, and immigration law. Melanie also represents corporations, educational institutions and individuals with their immigration needs and in handling Global Mobility matters, including obtaining temporary and permanent visas, handling employer sanctions issues, I-9 and E-Verify employment eligibility verification compliance, consular processing and naturalization.

Mahsa Khanbabai Mahsa Khanbabai is an attorney from Khanbabai Immigration Law. She has dedicated her legal career to immigration and naturalization issues, representing individual, nonprofit, educational and business clients. She assists clients with employment visas, family petitions, and citizenship applications, as well as other immigration related matters. A significant part of Mahsa's practice is devoted to assisting foreign dental students, international medical graduates with J-1 Waiver issues, as well as other employment related work visa matters. She has been an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association for over 20 years and currently serves as the Chair of the New England Chapter and is a member of the AILA Department of State liaison Committee. In her capacity as member of the Congressional Liaison committee she has worked closely with congressional offices to advise on legislative policy and as a CBP Liaison worked with CBP officials on issues related to visa entry at airport and border posts. Attorney Khanbabai is an active member of the International Medical Graduate Taskforce, an association of immigration attorneys specializing in physician related immigration.

Barry Walker Barry Walker is an attorney from Walker Immigration Law Firm. Barry J. Walker is admitted to practice in the state of Mississippi . Mr. Walker has been a practicing attorney since 1975. Since 1992, his practice has been concentrated in employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant cases. He practices before the US Department of Labor, US Immigration Service, and US State Department. He represents employers and employees in the processing of H-1B specialty occupations, O-1 visas for persons with Extraordinary Ability. 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. He 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.

Julie Wilbers Julie Wilbers is the Director of International Services at UT Health San Antonio. Julie has worked in the field of international education for over 12 years. She has extensive experience advising international students and scholars on non-immigrant visa categories, as well as filing employment-based permanent residency petitions. As an active member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps, Julie has presented workshops on F-1, J-1, and H-1B visa categories. She serves on the NAFSA leadership team as the International Scholar Advising Network (ISCA) Network Leader and as the Past Chair of the NAFSA Healthcare Institutions Interest Group (HIIG). Her professional experience includes teaching at the university level and preparing credential evaluations for foreign nationals. Prior to coming to UT Health San Antonio, Julie worked at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus and Florida International University.

Andy Wizner Andrew L. Wizner is partner of Leete, Kosto & Wizner, LLP. He is member of the bar in Connecticut and U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut. He received his BS from Georgetown University, studied at Universidad de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, and obtained his JD from Vanderbilt University. He is author of "The World is Changing for Foreign Employees and Their Bosses" and "New Act Provides for More Workers" for the Connecticut Law Tribune. He also wrote an article entitled "Labor Department Changes Visa Regs" for The Connecticut Tech Tribune. He is a contributor to the AILA Immigration and Nationality Law Handbook and to Immigration Practice under NAFTA, publications of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Wizner is a frequent speaker on employment-based immigration topics. He is a Member of the Connecticut Bar Association, and is Chairman of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. His practice is limited to Immigration Law. Mr. Wizner is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Hamel Vyas Hamel Vyas is currently the Associate Dean for International Personnel, and HR Regulatory and Compliance, at the Mount Sinai Health System where she oversees all employment immigration matters as well as I-9 and E-verify for the health system. She is the Responsible Officer for the J-1 Exchange Visitor visa program and the Principal Designated School Officer of the F-1 Student Visa Program. She is admitted to the New York State Bar, and to the United States Supreme Court. She serves as an immigration co-chair for the South Asian Bar Association, North America, and is co-chair of D&I committee for the NY chapter of American Immigration Lawyers Association. Ms. Vyas is the recipient of the inaugural 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year from the South Asian Bar Association of New York Pro Bono Clearinghouse for outstanding commitment to pro bono legal service for the South Asian community and 2018 recipient of the Public Interest Award from the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey. Ms. Vyas is an inaugural member of the Immigration Affairs Commission for Jersey City, New Jersey established in January 2017 and is currently the Chair. Ms. Vyas volunteers her time advising survivors and victims of domestic violence pertaining to immigration matters. She has spoken at the United Nations DPI/NGO briefing encouraging gender equality in the contemporary global era. Ms. Vyas has also spoken and written on various immigration topics nationally.

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