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PERM Practice Tips

Speakers: Joel Stewart, Christian Allen, Robert Banta, Mark Koestler, Lori S. Melton, Mark Murov, David Pakula, Ed Rubin, Rohit Turkhud, Sam Udani and Sofia Zneimer

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by 30 minutes of questions and answers from participants.


FIRST Phone Session on November 26: Key Terms & Concepts Under the PERM Regulation

  • Powers and Duties of Agent or Attorney
  • Area of Intended Employment
  • Types of Employment entities
  • Full-Time Employment
  • Job Opportunity
  • Professional and Non-Professional Occupations
  • Tax Exempt Entity
  • All About O*Net
  • Specific Vocational Preparation Update
  • United States Worker
  • Role of State Workforce Agency

SECOND Phone Session on December 18: With or Without Perm: Preparing Applications for 1st or 2nd Preference

  • Comparison of Degrees: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate or Beyond
  • What Does "Or Equivalency Mean" ?
    1. Foreign Equivalencies
    2. Combinations of Experience and Education
    3. Current View of DHS
    4. What is Training?
  • 2nd Preference National Interest Waivers
  • 2nd Preference Exceptional Ability Petitions
  • A Close Look at Schedule A
  • Tips on 1st Preference Alternatives:
    1. persons of extraordinary ability,
    2. outstanding professors and researchers, and
    3. multinational executives and managers

THIRD Phone Session on January 8: PERM Practice Problems

  • Attorney Representation in PERM Applications
  • Dangers in Attestations
  • Review of Notice Requirements
  • Preparing and Retaining Record Files
  • Substitution of Employers
  • On-Line Registration of Employers
  • Business Necessity for Job Level Four
  • Gaining Experience on the Job
  • Alien Influence and Control
  • Post Denial Options: Reconsideration or Appeal to BALCA

Citations for Session 2


Joel Stewart (Discussion Leader) practices exclusively in the area of immigration law. Mr. Stewart 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 immigration seminars 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 authors official AILA articles and publications such as the Visa Processing Guide for Procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies in Brazil and Portugal. He maintains a Blog on PERM issues which appears weekly on ILW.COM, and chairs PERM Workshops and Telephonic Conferences for ILW.COM throughout the year. In addition to heading the Immigration Committee for the Dade County Bar Associationm Mr. Stewart represents the Brazilian Consulate in Miami as Accessor Jurídico and provides extensive pro-bono services for the Consulate's "Assistance to Brazilians" program throughout Florida and in other parts of the United States.

Christian Allen is a Managing Attorney and Co-Founder of Ellis Porter with over fifteen years of experience practicing immigration law. Prior to forming Ellis Porter, Christian managed a successful immigration practice specializing in corporate immigration law and also directed the immigration department for one of the largest law firms in Michigan. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA") and has served as the Department of Labor Liaison for the Michigan AILA Chapter. He also previously served as the Michigan AILA Chapter Treasurer for several years. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan International Law Committee and the Oakland County Bar Association Immigration Law Committee. Christian is also an Adjunct Professor at Oakland University, where he teaches Immigration Law for the Legal Assistant Program. Christian has been included for several years on The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers lists in recognition of his expertise in immigration law.

Robert E. Banta is the Managing Partner of Banta Immigration Law Limited, Atlanta's largest law firm practicing exclusively business immigration law. He received his B.A. degree from Davidson College, his M.A. degree in Romance Languages (French) from Duke University and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He is recognized for his immigration expertise in The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Atlanta magazine's list of the Best Lawyers in Atlanta, and Georgia Super Lawyers.

Mark Koestler, who is a partner of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel, has developed a national reputation in the handling of immigration law matters in the areas of advertising, theater and film (including representing numerous Tony Award and Academy Award winners). He served as the 2003–2004 chair of the 1,000-member American Immigration Lawyers Association’s New York Chapter, and was also a member of AILA’s Board of Governors. Mr. Koestler was also a member of AILA's CBP Liaison and Advocacy Committee, as well as the Ombudsman Liaison Committee. He has lectured on a number of different business immigration topics at regional and national conferences of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and has been an AILA mentor for extraordinary ability cases since 2003. Mr. Koestler, who is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers, Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA — America’s Leading Business Lawyers and New York Super Lawyers, has authored and co-authored a number of articles in the immigration field.

Lori S. Melton is an attorney at Banta Immigration Law Ltd. Ms. Melton has practiced exclusively in the area of immigration law since 1998. Most recently, she was a senior associate with Littler Global before joining Fragomen's Phoenix, AZ office in 2008. Lori has extensive experience in business immigration as well as family-based immigration and asylum law. She has represented Fortune 500 clients from the software, retail, semiconductor, telecommunications, financial, hospitality, education, and healthcare industries.

Mark Murov is partner of Murov & Ward LLC. Mr. Murov is licensed in Texas and Louisiana, and has been practicing law continuously for over thirty years, and limits his work to U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. He holds an "av" rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, has been listed for thirteen years in Best Lawyers in America, and is listed in An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers. He has spoken extensively on immigration law at accredited Continuing Legal Education Programs of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Tulane Law School, and Louisiana State University Law Center, and to numerous Human Resources, Industry and Trade Groups, and has lectured to Law School classes at Tulane and Loyola Law Schools. As a practitioner, he has been the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and served as co-editor of Immigration Options for Doctors (AILA, 1996). As a law student he published a full Article in the Louisiana Law Review (1973).

David Pakula is a solo practitioner in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Mr. Pakula received a B.A. degree from Columbia University in 1982, a J.D. from Nova University Law School in 1987 and an LL.M. from University of Miami School of Law in 1988. He has wide-ranging experience in the fields of immigration law and litigation. Board certified in appellate practice by the Florida Bar since 1997, Mr. Pakula is a seasoned appellate practitioner, having handled over 200 state court, federal court and administrative appeals. In the area of immigration law, he has handled removal and asylum cases, BIA and AAO appeals, and federal court review of administrative immigration decisions in several U.S. District Courts and U.S. Courts of Appeal throughout the United States. Mr. Pakula has authored articles on immigration law and litigation for Interpreter Releases, The Florida Bar Journal and Florida Defender, a publication of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is the winner of the 2002 Amicus Award of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association.

Edwin R. Rubin's practice is limited to immigration and nationality law with special emphasis on corporate and employment based immigration matters. Mr. Rubin's practice has been limited to immigration and nationality matters for over 34 years. He served as National President of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) in 1990-91 and has been a member of AILA's Board of Governors since 1982. He served as AILA Chapter Chair in both Philadelphia and New Jersey. Mr. Rubin was Vice President of the New Jersey Immigration Policy Network, Inc, 2002-2006 and is currently a Trustee. He was Senior Editor of and Contributing Author to, "Immigration & Nationality Law," AILA, (two volumes annually), 1985-1990. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to serve as one of the sixteen members of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989. He is recipient of the of 1993 AILA's Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Advancing the Administrative Practice of Immigration Law the 2001 AILA Mentor Award. He established the AILA Mentor program during his term as AILA President. Mr. Rubin is a frequent author and lecturer on immigration issues. He is listed in the "Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers", "Best Lawyers in America", "An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers".

Rohit Turkhud is a partner at Nallaseth & Turkhud, PLLC specializing in the practice of the US Immigration and Nationality Laws since 1985. He is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, the Government Law College in Mumbai, India, and the Sydenham College, Mumbai, India. In addition to enjoying the benefits of a law partnership, Rohit worked for over 7 years in senior executive positions at IT companies and headed their legal and international recruiting divisions. He has authored a frequent immigration law column for India Today's North American edition. He is a member of the New York State Bar; the New York County Lawyer's Association; and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Currently, he serves on AILA, New York Chapter's Department of Labor Liaison, and the Corporate Practice Committees. On alternate Thursdays, Rohit hosts a prime time live immigration show on a cable network channel.

Sam Udani has spoken before many bar associations throughout the country on labor certification and law practice management. In 1992, he co-founded Adnet Advertising Agency Inc, a company specializing in labor certification advertising and was involved with that company through 2000. In 1999, he acquired ILW.COM (which was founded in 1995), and propelled it into the leading immigration law publisher online. He is the publisher of ILW.COM's Immigration Daily which now reaches 15,000 subscribers every weekday. He has authored articles on labor certification in AILA Monthly Mailing, Bender's Immigration Bulletin, and Immigration Daily.

Sofia Zneimer practices in the area of business immigration and litigation and has represented multi-national corporations, individual 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 Northern District of Illinois. Before joining Zneimer & Zneimer, P.C., she worked as an immigration attorney for a national law firm. Before this she was the Immigration Specialist of a Fortune 500 Company for several years where she managed the processing of all immigrant and non-immigrant employment-based visas, intra-company transfers, I-9 compliance, as well as the company's relationship with outside immigration counsel.


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