Articles & Presentations

Kristen has had the opportunity to publish and present in Chicago and nationally. If you are interested in an immigration-related contribution to your publication, please contact us at If you would like for Kristen to speak to your business or organization, please contact us at


  • Karen M. Pollins & Kristen A. Harris, “Immigration Issues Impacting the Training, Recruitment, and Employment of Foreign Physicians by Academic Medical Centers,” Member Briefing, American Health Lawyers Association (2015). Click here for access.
  • Immigration Editor, IMGs in the U.S. Physician Workforce Discussion Paper – 2013 edition, published by American Medical Association International Medical Graduate Section (2013).  Click here to register and access the paper free of charge.
  •  “U.S. Physician Workforce Policy and the Role of International Medical Graduates; Modest Proposals for a New Era”, The Physician Immigration Handbook, ILW.Com (2011).  Excerpts available upon request to Book available for purchase at
  • American Immigration Council Practice Advisory, Mandamus Litigation in the Labor Certification Context (2011).
  •  “When Rubber (Stamp) Meets the Road: Labor Certification as the First Step in a Long Journey”, AILA Dispatch (2006). Available upon request to


Upcoming Speaking Engagements

  • February 9, 2016, American Health Lawyers Association, Physicians and Hospitals Law Institute, Austin TX, Austin City Limits-Navigating the Border of Immigration and Health Care Law. Click here for more information.
  • March 14, 2016, AILA Annual Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, Managing F-1 Employees – The expanding universe of OPT – The Bar Is Influx.

Past Speaking Engagements

  • June 19, 2015, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, That’s Not What Specialty Occupation Means.
  • April 22, 2015, American Health Lawyers Association, Webinar, Recruiting, Training and Employing Foreign Physicians:  Best Practices for Managing Common Immigration Pitfalls.
  • June 30, 2014, American Health Lawyers Association Annual Conference, New York, NY, Best Practices for a Better Organizational Balance Sheet: How to Assess Risk and Transform Immigration from Liability into Asset.
  • June 21, 2014, AILA Annual National Conference, Boston, MA, Can We Get a Doctor in the House? (Panel regarding physician immigration). Click here for more information:
  • March 14, 2014, AILA Annual Midwest Regional Conference, Chicago, IL, Breakfast with the Experts, Law Business Practice Management. Click here for more information:
  • January 19, 2014, Syrian American Medical Society, Webinar, Immigration Options and Solutions for International Medical Graduates
  • November 21, 2013, Is There a Doctor in the House? U.S. Physician Immigration Overview, Chicago Bar Association Immigration and Nationality Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago IL.
  • September 2013, U.S. Immigration Options: Preparing for a Future in the U.S., Kaplan Medical Center, Residency Job Fair, Chicago, Illinois.
  • August 2013, U.S. Immigration Options, Webinar, Syrian American Medical Society Meeting/Workshop, Evergreen Park, IL.
  • May 2013, U.S. Immigration Options, lecture hosted by American College of Physicians, Northern Illinois Associates Division.
  • April 2013, Non-Immigrant Visa Options, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Midwestern Regional Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • March 2013, “Ask the Experts: Immigration Issues Affecting IMGs” Webinar, hosted by the American Medical Association International Medical Graduate Section.  Click here to access and obtain CME.
  • March 2013, U.S. Immigration Options, Kaplan Medical Center, Chicago, IL.
  • February 2013,  The “Other” Reform: Implications and Realities of Immigration Reform for Healthcare Organizations, hosted by the American Health Lawyers Association Physicians and Physicians Organizations Institute.
  • January 2013, Physician Immigration for Experts, Green Cards and Legislative Developments, Immigration Law Weekly (ILW.COM) Webinar
  • September 2012, National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) Annual Conference.
  • June 2012, American Medical Association Annual Conference, International Medical Graduate Section.
  • November 2011, Maintenance of Status, AILA Chicago Chapter, Business Immigration Workshop
  • March 2011, “Unwritten Rules of J Visas”, audio conference hosted by American Immigration Counsel’s International Exchange Center (IEC).
  • February 2011, Getting Them In, Keeping Them Here, Chicago Bar Association Health Law Committee
  • November 2010, BALCA Update Panel, AILA Chicago Chapter, Business Immigration Workshop.
  • October 2009, H-1B Cap Alternatives, AILA Chicago Chapter, Business Immigration Workshop.
  • Fall 2008, Getting Them In, Keeping Them Here, Michigan Council of the Society of Human Resource Management (MI SHRM) Annual Conference.
  • October 2008, Hot Tamales Issues; Nonimmigrant Visas, AILA Chicago Chapter, Business Immigration Workshop
  • March 2008, H-1B Basics and Practice Pointers, Educational Presentation, AILA Chicago Chapter.
  • June 2007, Department of Labor Substitution Rule, Educational Presentation, AILA Chicago Chapter.
  • April 2007, Employment Nonimmigrant Visas, AILA Midwestern Regional Conference.
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