Karen M. Pollins

Karen M. Pollins

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Immigration Attorney in Jenkintown, PA

Goldblum & Pollins
 | 101 Greenwood Avenue, Suite 380
Jenkintown, PA 19046
Phone: 215-392-4944
Fax: 215-885-0324
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2019
Selected To Rising Stars: 2010 - 2012, 2016
Licensed Since: 2006
Practice Areas:
  • Immigration: Business
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Karen M. Pollins is a partner at Goldblum & Pollins in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, and heads the firm's Medical and Research team. Focusing her practice on employment-based immigration matters, she assists hospitals, healthcare systems and medical practices, as well as research institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Representing clients around the country, Ms. Pollins secures immigration benefits for foreign national physicians, scientists, educators and other professionals. Her experience encompasses H-1B, O-1, and other temporary visas; EB-1 and NIW immigrant petitions and other permanent residency matters; and waivers of the J-1 two year home residence requirement. Ms. Pollins also assists universities, corporations, and individuals seeking to immigrate through family-based petitions. 

Ms. Pollins has authored numerous articles published in a variety of sources on topics related to her practice area. Her publications have covered such matters as the alien labor certification process, the recruitment and employment of foreign physicians, and immigration options for foreign medical personnel. Ms. Pollins is frequently asked to deliver presentations on immigration topics to such groups as the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), the University of Pennsylvania, the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, and the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers. Her professional memberships include the AILA (where she serves as Secretary of the Philadelphia Chapter), the IMG Taskforce, and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Fluent in Spanish, Ms. Pollins attended American University in the District of Columbia as an undergraduate, where she double majored in International Relations and Spanish/Latin American studies and received her Bachelor of Arts cum laude. Later deciding to pursue a legal education, she enrolled at Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree and received the Beth Cross Memorial Award.

About Karen Pollins

Admitted: 2006, Pennsylvania

Professional Webpage: http://www.goldblumfirm.com/our-team/karen-pollins/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected by Best Lawyers in Immigration (Pennsylvania), Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Selected by Super Lawyers in Immigration, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Selected by Super Lawyers in Immigration, Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Immigration, Pennsylvania Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2012
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Immigration, Pennsylvania Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2011
  • Selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Immigration, Pennsylvania Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2010
  • Received this graduation award in recognition of pro bono work , Beth Cross Award, Temple University Beasley School of Law, 2006

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Vice Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter, 2018 - 2019
  • Secretary, American Immigration Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter, 2019 - 2020
  • Co-Chair, Local DMV Committee of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter, 2016 - 2018
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association, 2008 - present
  • Co-Chair, New Members Division of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Philadelphia Chapter, 2014 - 2016
  • Member, IMG Taskforce, 2012 - present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter at annual conference of AILA in Orlando, Florida (June 20, 2019), Co-Panelist (with Vic Goel, Jacob Muklewicz and Kelli Duehning), Assault on the H-1B: “No, It’s Not the Latest Hollywood Action Movie", American Immigration Lawyers Association national conference, 2019
  • Article published in connection with panel presentation at national conference of American Immigration Lawyers Association, Author (with Vic Goel and Jacob Muklewicz), Assault on the H-1B: No, It’s Not the Latest Hollywood Action Movie, AILA Immigration Practice Pointers: Tips for Handling Complex Cases, 2019
  • Presented at monthly meeting of AILA Philadelphia Chapter on March 20, 2019, Speaker, Regulatory Changes and Adjudication Trends with H-1B Petitions, AILA Philadelphia Chapter Meeting, 2019
  • Presentation, Presenter, Green Card Options for Post-Docs, The Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia, 2018
  • Presentation of post-graduation immigration options for dental school students on February 28, 2019, Co-Presenter (with Jeremy Spohr), Employment-Based Options for Foreign Dental Students: Pre- and Post-Graduation, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2018
  • Presentation, Co-Presenter (with Jane Goldblum), The Permanent Residency Process and Impact of Recent Immigration Changes, The Wistar Institute, 2017
  • Presentation, Presenter, DAPA and Obama's Other Immigration Executive Actions, Philadelphia Association of Paralegals, 2015
  • Presenter on national teleconference, Panel Speaker (with Jan Pederson, Kristen Harris, Greg Siskind and Jennifer Minear), Foreign Physician Immigration Options for Experts, ILW Teleconference, 2014
  • Presentation, Speaker (with Jane W. Goldblum & Jeremy Spohr), Employment-Based Immigration Options for Foreign Dental Students: Pre- and Post-Graduation, University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, 2014
  • Presentation, Speaker (with Wendy Castor Hess and PA Department of Health), Reaching New Heights: Navigating Immigration and Landing the Best Employees, PA Association Of Community Health Centers Annual Conference, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, Employment-Based Immigrant Visas, Philadelphia Community College - Immigration Law Course For Paralegals, 2014
  • Article published in proceedings of healthcare conference, Author (with Wendy Castor Hess and Yuah Jessica Choi), Immigration Issues in a Changing Healthcare Environment, 19th Annual Health Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), 2013
  • Article published in proceedings of healthcare conference, Author (with Wendy Castor Hess, Jeffrey D. Azarva and Yuah Jessica Choi), Crossing Borders: Golden Rules Every Employment Lawyer Should Know About the U.S. Immigration Laws, 19th Annual Employment Law Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), 2013
  • Presentation, Speaker (with Jane W. Goldblum), The Path to Permanent Residency: EB-1 or NIW - Do I Qualify?, The Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia, 2013
  • Author (with Wendy Castor Hess and Yuah Jessica Choi), Continuing to Care for America's Patient Population: A Summary of Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Personnel, 18th Annual Health Care Institute, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI), 2012
  • Author (with Wendy Castor Hess and Yuah Jessica Choi), The Melodic ABC's of U.S. Nonimmigrant Visas with their High and Low Notes, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) Immigration Law Forum, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Temporary Work Visas, Philadelphia Community College - Immigration Law Course For Paralegals, 2012
  • Panel Speaker at local event, Speaker, Immigration Overview: The Basics, Abington Library Adult Literacy Program, 2011
  • Article in text published by national professional organization, Author (with Yuah Jessica Choi), Alien-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case, AILA's Guide To PERM Labor Certification: Strategies, Samples & Guidance For Achieving Success, 2011
  • Article in text for immigration practitioners, Author (with Wendy Castor Hess and Maria P. Fritzinger), Take One Aspirin and a Zantac Before Proceeding: The Alien Labor Certification Process for Physicians, The Physician Immigration Book, ILW, 2011
  • Guest Lecturer, Employment-Based Immigrant Visas, Philadelphia Community College - Immigration Law Course For Paralegals, 2011
  • Article published in proceedings of healthcare conference, Author (with Wendy Castor Hess and Yuah Jessica Choi), Caring for America's Patient Population: A Summary of Immigration Options for Foreign Medical Personnel, Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) Immigration Law Forum, 2010
  • Panel Speaker (with Barry Walker and Kathleen M. Angustia), Physicians for Experts: Immigration Options Specifically for Physicians, ILW Teleconference, 2010
  • Guest Lecturer, Employment-Based Immigrant Visas, Philadelphia Community College - Immigration Law Course For Paralegals, 2010
  • Author (with Wendy Castor Hess), Practical and Planning Issues in Populous Conrad 30 States: The King Solomon J-1 Waiver Approach, AILA, Immigration Options For Physicians, 2009
  • Speaker (with Wendy Castor Hess), Hispanic Heritage Month Keynote Address, PA, Philadelphia, Region 3, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 2009
  • Guest Lecturer, Employment-Based Immigrant Visas, Philadelphia Community College - Immigration Law Course For Paralegals, 2009
  • Author (with Yuah Jessica Choi), Foreign Worker-Related Issues to Spot Before Commencing a PERM Case, AILA, The David Stanton Manual On Labor Certification: Successful Strategies Under PERM, 2008

Educational Background:

  • American University, B.A., cum laude

Industry Groups

  • Health Care
  • Research & Pharmaceuticals
  • Universities & Colleges
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Office Location for Karen M. Pollins

101 Greenwood Avenue
Suite 380
Jenkintown, PA 19046

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Last Updated: 9/16/2019

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