Area of emphasis

Hospitals, Health Systems & Research


J.D., Temple University Beasley School of Law

B.A., cum laude, American University


International Medical Graduate (IMG) Taskforce

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)

Karen M. Pollins
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Karen M. Pollins, a Partner and Head of the Firm's Medical and Research Team, has been recognized for several years by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the immigration field.

Karen has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration with particular expertise in employment-based immigration for hospitals, health systems, and pharmaceutical/research institutions, as well as for foreign national clinicians, educators, and scientists. She provides strategic counseling related to temporary visa matters (H-1B Petitions and O-1 Petitions), the permanent residency process (EB-1 Petitions for Outstanding Professors/Researchers, clinical and research-based National Interest Waiver Petitions, and Basic/Special Recruitment PERM), and J-1 Waivers of the Two Year Foreign Residence Requirement. Karen is an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), where she serves as Co-Chair of its Philadelphia Chapter's New Members Division (2014 - 2017) and DMV Committee (2016 - 2017), as well as the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Taskforce.

Karen holds a bachelor's degree in International Relations and Spanish / Latin American Studies from American University and a J.D. from Temple University School of Law. In recognition of Karen’s exceptional work in the immigration field while attending law school at Temple, she received the Beth Cross Graduation Award from Temple University and further accolades from the Philadelphia Bar Association. Karen is fluent in Spanish.



  • Co-author, Member Briefing: Immigration Issues Impacting the Training, Recruitment and Employment of Foreign Physicians by Academic Medical Centers, American Health Law Association, January 2015.

  • Co-author, Crossing Borders: Golden Rules Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About the U.S. Immigration Laws, 19th Annual Employment Law Institute of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013.

  • Co-author, Immigration Issues in a Changing Healthcare Environment, 19th Annual Health Law Institute of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2013.

  • Co-author, Continuing to Care for America's Patient Population: A summary of Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Personnel, 18th Annual Health Law Institute of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, 2012.

  • Co-author, Take one Aspirin and a Zantac Before Proceeding: The Alien Labor Certification Process for Physicians, The Physician Immigration Book, ILW, 2011-2012.

  • Co-author, Alien-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case, AILA's Guide to PERM Labor Certification, 2011.

  • Co-author, Labor Certification Practice and Theory for Physicians, The Physician Immigration Book, ILW, 2011.

  • Co-author, Caring for America’s Patient Population: A Summary of Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Personnel, Pennsylvania Bar Institute Immigration Law Forum, 2010.

  • Co-author, Foreign Worker-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case, The David Stanton Manual on Labor Certification: Successful Strategies under PERM, AILA, December 2008.

  • Co-author, Practical and Planning Issues in Populous Conrad 30 States: The King Solomon J-1 Waiver Approach, Immigration Options for Physicians, AILA, Fall 2008.



  • Presenter, DAPA and Other Immigration Executive Actions, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, March 2015.

  • Co-presenter, Employment-Based Immigration Options for Foreign Dental Students: Pre- and Post-Graduation, The University of Pennsylvania, January 2014.

  • Co-presenter, Reaching New Heights: Navigating Immigration and Landing the Best Employees, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers Annual Conference, October 2014.

  • Panelist, Foreign Physician Immigrant Options for Experts, ILW Teleconference, April 2014.

  • Co-presenter, The Path to Permanent Residency: EB-1 or NIW - Do I Qualify?, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, April 2013.

  • Lecturer, Temporary Visas for Working, Philadelphia Community College, December 2012. 

  • Panelist, Physicians for Experts: Immigration Options Specifically for Physicians, ILW Teleconference, December 2010.

  • Lecturer, Employment-Based Immigrant Visas, Philadelphia Community College, March 2011, March 2010 and March 2009.