We routinely handle a wide-range of employment-based immigration matters for hospitals, health care entities, psychiatric care facilities, and physician practice groups across the United States including H-1B petitions (from the initial change of status to the extension and for change of employer petitions); Schedule A permanent residency petitions for registered nurses and physical therapists; permanent residency through the Department of Labor's PERM labor certification process; and National Interest Waivers for physicians practicing in either medically underserved areas or health professional shortage areas.
Additionally, we advise clients and prepare J-1 Waiver applications including those through the Conrad program, as well as those involving interested government agencies and through no-objection (for non-physician J-1 visa holders).
Since the inception of the Conrad 30 Amendment permitting waiver of the two-year foreign residency requirements for J-1 foreign physicians, Ice Miller's Immigration Practice Group has filed countless applications seeking waiver of the two (2) year home residency requirement. Additionally, we have prepared and filed a number of waiver applications under the provision allowing a portion of the thirty waivers to be granted to doctors not practicing in designated medically underserved areas as long as they are serving patients who reside in shortage areas ("flex" waivers) and the expansion of the program beyond physicians practicing in primary care (as long as there is a demonstrated shortage of doctors able to provide their medical specialty in that area).
We work closely with clients in ensuring that all local and federal obligations with respect to J-1 waiver under the Conrad program are fully compliant, including the requisite employment contract and all other aspects and stipulations of the program. One of the challenges of J-1 waiver filings is managing the timeline and employee expectations given the multiple state and federal agencies that are involved, particularly in the Conrad program. We successfully manage this aggressive timeline and work closely with the state programs to ensure continuous employment and immigration status.