|Release Date: 04/03/2020|
The U.S. immigration system has been in need of reform on a variety of fronts—from the challenges facing those in the country without documentation, to the need for fairer asylum laws, to often-inefficient processing of employment-based immigration benefits—and is crying out for common-sense solutions. Sadly, no immigration legislation has passed both houses of Congress since 2005, and the nation’s immigration system is experiencing unprecedented pressures.
Notably, congressional legislation that could directly and substantially change the way green cards are allocated (S. 386 and H.R. 1044) have both progressed and stalled over the course of 2019. The referenced Senate and House bills would eliminate the per-country caps on green cards, but the content of those bills has caused wide disagreement in the U.S. Congress and among immigrants, their attorneys, and their employers. While the elimination of the per-country caps on green cards still could occur through passage of legislation in 2020, the exact manner and timeframe in which the changes might occur is unknown at the time of this book’s publication.
For physicians, new and proposed government policies can cause serious consequences and derail genuine attempts to immigrate lawfully to the United States. Because these changes largely are policy based—i.e., the government decided to apply the law differently than it had before, and were not created by regulation or legislation—they have escaped close public scrutiny leaving many affected individuals unaware of them or at least unaware of their possible impact.
The government’s most significant policy changes are referenced in relevant sections of the fifth edition of The Physician Immigration Handbook.
As immigration attorneys, we remain ever vigilant in staying apprised of the government’s policy changes. We continue to advocate before government agencies for changes to our nation’s immigration laws and policies that will positively benefit foreign physicians and their employers.
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Greg Siskind is a founding partner of Siskind Susser PC and is one of America’s best-known immigration attorneys. Siskind Susser (www.visalaw.com) has one of the largest health care immigration practices in the United States and represents many of the nation’s hospitals and health care systems across the country, as well as smaller health care employers, individual health care professionals, and other medical institutions.
Greg is a past chair of the International Medical Graduate Taskforce (IMG Taskforce) (www.imgtaskforce.org), a physician immigration bar organization in the United States. Greg also serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (www.aila.org).
Greg is a man of many firsts. He created the first immigration law firm website in 1994 followed by the first lawyer blog in 1997. He also was the first immigration lawyer ever to grace the cover of the American Bar Association Journal. And he is one of the first immigration lawyers to develop artificial intelligence-based software applications for clients.
Greg has been practicing law since 1990. He received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his law degree from the University of Chicago.
Elissa J. Taub is an attorney in the Memphis office of Siskind Susser PC, where she practices primarily in the area of physician immigration. 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 types of immigration processes, including cases for individuals in the sports, entertainment, and fashion industries.
Elissa has authored many articles, spoken at conferences related to physician and health care immigration, and is regularly invited by clients to present on immigration matters. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has served on its Health Care Professionals Committee. She also is an active member of the American Health Lawyers Association and the IMG Taskforce.
Elissa has been listed in the Who’s Who in Corporate Immigration Law for multiple consecutive years. She earned her law 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.