Opening Remarks

Posted on: September 19th, 2016
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Dear Readers:

While most of the media has covered higher profile issues in immigration this campaign cycle (think large walls), skilled worker visa issues are entering the discussion and mostly in a negative way. Stories about H-1B workers, for example, replacing American workers have been discussed widely and both presidential candidates have expressed concern. There’s a high profile bipartisan bill that would impose serious new restrictions on the H-1B visa that probably won’t move anywhere this year, but will no doubt be back early in 2017.

On Capitol Hill, Congress also needs to take up an extension of the Conrad 30 J-1 program which begins to sunset if it is not extended before September 30th. The program is very popular and I’m optimistic it will be extended, but you can never take this for granted so advocacy is needed. Also, there are a number of technical and substantive fixes that are needed for that program and Congress needs to be encouraged to make them.


This year, I finally finished writing my fifth book, but one that I’ve had on my project list for more than ten years. It’s The Physician Immigration Handbook ( and it is a plain-English, question and answer formatted book that explains the immigration rules for physicians from their initial entry for training all the way through to becoming citizens. We’re including an excerpt from the book in this issue and we hope you find it helpful.


As always, we invite you to contact us if our firm can be of assistance. Please visit our web page at for information on reaching the firm or scheduling a consultation.


Greg Siskind


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