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2021 PERM Update

Zoom Webinars: Fridays January 22, February 12 & March 5, 2021
2pm to 3:30pm (Eastern Time)

Speakers: Joel Stewart (Discussion Leader), David J. Bier, Rami Fakhoury, Matthew Morse, Michael Piston, Lawrence Rudnick, Harry Sheinfeld, Jason Susser, David Ware, Nathan Waxman, Sofia Zneimer and many more to be announced

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Zoom Session on January 22:

Prevailing Wage Update

  • Introduction to Rule Changes
  • View from the Valley
  • Acronyms Decoded: DOL, ETA, OFLC, BLS, OES, SOC, O*NET, OES, OWL, & NPWH
  • PERM, H-1B, & H-2B PW Comparisons
  • PW Anomalies
  • Critique: DOL Policies for PW Analysis
  • Analysis of Current Court Challenges

SECOND Zoom Session on February 12:

New PERM Form 9089

  • DATA Merge from 9141 to 9089 & Travel Requirements
  • PERM Startups, Entrepreneurs, & Alien Influence
  • High Tech Occupations
  • Alternative Requirements & Combinations of Duties
  • Kellogg Quandary
  • Focused Digital Recruitment
  • Documenting Education & Academic Backgrounds

THIRD Zoom Session on March 5:

The Three R's: Records, Reconsideration & Review

  • Building the Record Before and After Audits
  • Documenting Digital Ads: Do's and Don'ts
  • Electronic Transmittals: What, Where, When, and How
  • Requests for Reconsideration
  • Secretary's Power to Overrule
  • A Literalist Approach to BALCA
  • Q & A's with General Discussion

Materials for session 3: Joel Stewart's powerpoint


Joel Stewart (Discussion Leader) practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. He specialized in Romance and Slavic Linguistics before receiving a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Russian. He is Past President of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and is a nationally recognized authority on employment-based immigration matters as well as a popular speaker at for national and local bar associations throughout the United States. Mr. Stewart is the editor of The Perm Book, the definitive authority on the subject of PERM processing of labor certifications, and has been writing the BALCA Case Summaries since 1987. Mr. Stewart is also General Counsel to the Brazilian Consulate in Miami and Honorary Consul of Brazil in Florida.

David J. Bier is an immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity. He is an expert on legal immigration, border security, and interior enforcement, and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, and many other print and online publications. The United States Supreme Court and multiple federal appeals courts have cited his research and writing. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Bier drafted immigration legislation as senior policy advisor for Congressman Raúl Labrador, a then member and later chairman of the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security.

Rami Fakhoury is the founder and Managing Director of Fakhoury Global Immigration, USA PC (FGI), one of the largest independently owned business-based immigration law firms in the United States and a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated firm. FGI embodies Rami’s life-long belief in the vital contributions that immigrants make to America’s economy and society, advances his goal of helping businesses and organizations to meet their talent mobility needs, and assists talented and ambitious individuals in realizing their career aspirations. Rami’s publications comprise several immigration law books including, as editor, The Consular Posts Book, 2015-2016 ed. ( 2016) and USCIS Immigration Procedures and US State Department Consular Processes ( 2009); and, as author, The Immigration Practitioner’s Guide to U.S. Export Control Regulations ( 2011) and The PERM Book, 3rd ed. (, 2018). He has also written a regular column on global IT and US immigration law for the Financial Times of India, authored numerous policy articles and white papers, contributed articles to Lexology, Mondaq, and Crain’s Detroit Business, among others, and is a frequent presenter at immigration and trade group conferences. Rami has organized informational sessions and webinars for businesses, universities, and other stakeholders worldwide, and has presented to the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) on several occasions.

Matthew Morse Matt Morse has been practicing employment-based immigration law for over 20 years. He has experience with many areas of Green Card processing, including PERM labor applications, immigrant visa petitions, and Adjustment of Status applications. He has experience with Naturalization issues, and family-based immigration matters, and has extensive experience with many nonimmigrant visa categories, including the B, E, F, H, K, L, O, R, and TN categories, as well as consular processing matters. He has strong knowledge of federal immigration statutes and regulations. As a Partner at Fakhoury Global Immigration, Matt’s experience includes Extraordinary Ability Alien cases, National Interest Waiver cases, Outstanding Professor/Researcher cases, Multi-National Manager and Executive cases, as well as health care worker immigration cases. Matt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and his J.D. from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Michigan Bar Association.

Michael Piston is the senior partner at Piston & Carpenter P.C. has been voted a Michigan Super-Lawyer every year since 2006. Mr. Piston has practiced immigration law exclusively for over 20 years and has spoken at numerous American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and ILW conferences and workshops. He has also written articles for the AILA Annual Conference Handbooks, the PERM Book I, II, & III, and ILW PERM Handbooks. Mr. Piston, a veteran of administrative and judicial appeal practice, has extensive experience with motion practice and, successfully settled numerous appeals of PERM Denials to federal courts. He provided valuable insights to the PERM Book wherein he wrote about the distinctions between statutory or regulatory law and agency guidance, which distinctions are important principles in current BALCA practice. Mr. Piston was counsel in Stellar IT Solutions v. USCIS, the first reported case in which an employment based immigrant was reinstated into legal, employment authorization status while his case was pending in federal court, and in Patel v. USCIS, often cited in the 6th Circuit for the proposition that the beneficiary of an employment based immigrant visa petition has standing to seek judicial review.

Lawrence H. Rudnick, a Founding Partner of The Rudnick Immigration Group, has been consistently rated one of the preeminent immigration lawyers in the U.S. He has a lengthy record of accomplishment in his over 28 years as an immigration lawyer, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, and is a frequent commentator on immigration related issues for the press and networks. Mr. Rudnick has for several years been selected among the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers for immigration law, and is listed in the Who’s Who of International Corporate Immigration Lawyers. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell for the highest standards in ethical and legal ability. While Mr. Rudnick’s practice focuses primarily on business immigration, he has had a number of well-known successes in litigation, including the decisions in Yusupov v. Attorney General, 518 F.3rd 185 (3rd Cir. 2008), overturning the Attorney General’s interpretation of which individuals consistute a danger to the U.S., and Soltane v. U.S. Department of Justice, 381 F.3rd 143 (3rd Cir. 2004), overturning USCIS’ overly restrictive interpretation of the religious worker regulation. Mr. Rudnick has also been a leader in filing litigation under the Administrative Procedures Act to remedy excessive government delays. He has won leading cases interpreting the USCIS regulation on what constitutes specialized knowledge for purposes of the L-1 category.

Harry Sheinfeld retired after over 40 years of service with the US Department of Labor. He served for 33 years as Counsel for Litigation, Division of Employment and Training Legal Services, in the Department’s Solicitor’s Office, where he was responsible for non-enforcement immigration litigation. He has been employed by the Department of Labor since 1974 and has been handling immigration matters since 1978. He retired from the Solicitor's Office in 2015 and spent two years working at the BALCA. Since 2017 he has been during private consulting on PERM matters and writes BALCA decision summaries for AILA. Mr. Sheinfeld received his A.B. from Boston University and his J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Jason Susser is an attorney at Siskind Susser PC, where his practice focuses exclusively on immigration and nationality law. Mr. Susser works extensively with entrepreneurs to find creative immigration solutions and strategies for startup companies and foreign founders balancing the needs of an early stage business with the challenges of the immigration system including EB1, NIW, and PERM. As many of these companies go through rounds of funding and begin to scale, he helps them develop employment immigration policies. He works with companies ranging from solo entrepreneurs to the Fortune 500, and also advises startup accelerators and universities working with entrepreneurial students. Jason co-authored the book, Immigration for Startups: A Guide for Founders, and is regularly invited to speak at professional venues. Jason has continued that tradition of pioneering innovation as a Co-Founder of the firm’s spin off tech company,, which is developing expert systems and apps for clients, staff, and other attorneys by using cutting edge software to approach immigration issues more efficiently.

David Ware received his Bachelor of Arts summa com laude in Latin American Studies at Yale University and pursued a career in Peruvian history and archaeology in Peru before returning to the US to study law at the University at the University of Texas where he received honors for work on the Texas International Law Journal. After studying law in Mexico on a Fulbright Scholarship, David worked as an advisor to Venezuelan and other foreign students at the University of Texas before launching his career in Immigration and Nationality matters, which he has pursued from 1988 to the present. David has made abundant contributions to the Bar and Community as a speaker, mentor, teacher, and advisor, with a special focus on foreign students. Institutions, of which the National Association for Foreign Students (NAFSA), National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), International Medical Graduate Taskforce are most notable. Mr. Ware's scholarly articles have appeared in many educational, legal and business, and he has presented at national and regional conferences many times per year such as the Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (SACRAO), Arkansas, Mississippi, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, and Hawaii State NAFSA Conferences; NAFSA Annual Conference; AILA Annual Conference; Alabama Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers (ALACRAO); American Association of College Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO); Louisiana Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators (LACUSPA); NAFSA Regions I, II, III, IV, VII and XII; Association of Pakistani Physicians of North America; University Student Legal Services Association; Community Colleges Development International; MBA Career Services International; Community College Legal Issues; Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA); NACUA National Conference. Mr. Ware has consistently been a senior speaker at Joel Stewart's PERM Conferences for many years.

Nathan Waxman has written more than 20 professional journal articles and book chapters on aspects of immigration law. He has lectured at AILA national conferences since the 1990s, with particular regard to NIW, H1B, and AC21. He has successfully represented businesses ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to universities to nonprofit foundations, family-owned businesses, and self-employed musicians, artists, physicians and alternative medicine practitioners. He has participated actively in the evolution of the labor certification process for the past 25 years. He contributed to AILA’s comment on PERM regulations proposed in 2004, specifically with regard to the critical issue of preserving an employer’s ability to qualify an employee for labor certification through experience gained with that employer in an alternative occupation, to the benefit of employers and intending immigrants throughout the country. He is acknowledged by his peers in business and employment-based immigration as a national figure, as manifested by his selection as a New York Super Lawyer, and his inclusion in the Who’s Who of International Business Law, and in Best Lawyers in America.

Sofia Zneimer Sofia Zneimer practices in the area of business immigration and litigation and has represented individuals and multinational corporations, investors, hospitals, non-profit organizations, and business entities before the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, and the State Department. She also litigates before the Illinois courts and the federal courts. Sofia Zneimer is admitted before the Illinois Supreme Court, Northern District of Illinois, Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Zneimer was a Notes and Comments Editor of Chicago-Kent Law Review and is a member of the Order of the Coif.

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