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The Hi-Tech PERM Workshop
National Harbor, MD (Washington D.C. Area)
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 9:00am - 5:00pm

Speakers: Joel Stewart (Discussion Leader), Rami Fakhoury, Matt Morse, Michael Piston, Larry Rudnick, Pradeek Susheelan, Rohit Turkhud, and Nathan Waxman.

Final Deadline: June 10, 2015

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This is an interactive workshop. Participants will discuss and prepare PERM applications and Prevailing Wage Requests with the assistance of our experts, including essential information, such as, Occupational and Job Titles, Job Duties, Minimum & Special Requirements, and Licensing.

The presentation is in the format of a round-table discussion. Draft copies of Prevailing Wage Request (Form 9141) and PERM Applications (Form 9089) will be provided by attendees to be screened by an overhead projector, enabling the experts to comment on all aspects of each Prevailing Wage and PERM preparation, as well as to analyze cases under audit, reconsideration, supervised recruitment or appeal.

CLE Available in Many States.




Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided


Session 1:

What’s the Law?

· Chevron Deference & Sub-Regulatory Rulemaking

  • Statutory Authority
  • Regulations: 20 CFR and Others
  • Instructions on the Forms
  • Instructions For Electronic Filing
  • FAQ’s
  • Stakeholder Guidance,
  • Memoranda
  • Other Guidance
  • Conflict with State Laws

Analysis of IT Occupations

· O*Net Occupations Used in High Tech Applications

  • How to Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook

· High Tech Hierarchy: Technicians, Engineers, Managers

· Travel: Unanticipated Locations, Home Office and Telecommuting and Relocation


15 min. break


Session 2:

Minimum Requirements for Occupations

  • SVP – Are Requirements normal in the US?

· Alien Experience and Education Gained While On the Job

  • Actual Minimum Requirements
  • Combination of Job Duties
  • "Language" Requirements
  • Training Requirement

Alien Qualifications

· Comparison of American, European, and Asian Diplomas

  • Equivalency Standards: H-1b, PERM,
  • Educational Evaluators
  • What is an Equivalency?
  • Combining Education and Experience
  • What is Training?
  • Paid vs. non-paid experience.

Prevailing Wage Calculations

  • O*Net Occupations without PW Data
  • November 2009 Prevailing Wage Guidance
  • The Point System
  • The Four Levels
  • Requesting Review of Determinations




Session 3:


· Basic Recruitment: Choice of Newspapers or Professional Journal

  • 10 Professional Recruitment Options

· Notice Requirements: 10 Day Notice of Filing and Other Media

  • 30 Day Job Order at SWA

Identifying Referrals and Applicants

  • Dealing with State Work Force Agencies

· Electronic On-Line Job Applications vs., Traditional Resumes

  • Determining Qualified Workers
  • Responding to Applicants
  • Recruitment Report

Nathan’s High End Potpourri

  • National Interest Waivers

· 2nd Preference Exceptional Aliens Instead of Advanced Degrees

  • Schedule A Exemptions


15 min. break


Session 4:

Audit Responses and Appeals

  • Special Audit Problems
  • Supervised Recruitment
  • Denials without Audit
  • Requests for Reconsideration

§ Regular Queue

§ Government Error Queue

  • Requests for Appeals to BALCA
  • Options for Federal Court Litigation

Special Problems for IT Workers

  • Progression from F-1 to Permanent Residency
  • Self-Employment, and Portability

· Quirks to Transition from H1B1’s, E-3’s and NAFTA temporary work status



Joel Stewart 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 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 and chairs PERM workshops and telephonic conferences for ILW throughout the year. Mr. Stewart has been listed in Florida Super Lawyers and is frequently cited internationally as a leading corporate and immigration lawyer. In addition, to founding the Immigration Committee for the Dade County Bar Association, Mr. Stewart is General Counsel of the Brazilian Consulate in Miami, and represents the Brazilian community throughout Florida, the United States and abroad.

Rami Fakhoury is a member of Fakhoury Law Group, P.C. His practice focuses on business-based employment immigration, particularly in the Information Technology, Engineering industry, health care workers, investors, academics and individuals of exceptional ability. Mr. Fakhoury has extensive experience in the areas of Corporate Immigration, and has worked in private firms, as well as serving as In-House Counsel for Syntel Corporation, a Fortune 1000 company in the Information Technology industry. In particular, his practice focuses on H, L, E, and O visas, Labor Certifications, Advance Degree Professionals, Multinational Executives and Outstanding Researchers and Professors. Mr. Fakhoury has represented clients at U.S. Consulates abroad and is an international lecturer and fellow for the Center for International Legal Studies (CILS) and a Member of the Immigration section of the International Bar Association. Mr. Fakhoury has served as Panel Speaker at the American Bar - International Law Section. He has also presented and written articles on immigration issues. Mr. Fakhoury is a Member of the State Bar of Michigan, International Law Section; Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), Immigration Law Committee; American Immigration Lawyers

Matthew Morse has been an immigration attorney for twelve years, focusing on employment-based and family-based immigration law issues. He has extensive experience with H, L, TN, O, K, B visas, as well as with Labor Certifications, Visa Processing, Adjustment of Status, and healthcare worker immigration issues. Mr. Morse also has profound proficiency with Extraordinary Ability Alien cases, National Interest Waiver physician petitions, Outstanding Professor/Researcher petitions, Advance Degreed Professionals cases, Multinational Managers and Executives cases, and Naturalization law issues. Prior to practicing Immigration law, Mr. Morse practiced Gaming and Real Property Law, as well as Contract Law in Detroit, Michigan. Mr. Morse held internships with the Michigan Attorney General's Office, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.

Michael Piston is the senior partner in Piston & Carpenter PC in Troy, Michigan. He has practiced immigration law exclusively for over 20 years, and has spoken at numerous American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and ILW.COM conferences and workshops as well as writing articles for AILA Annual Conferences Handbooks and ILW PERM Handbooks. With four attorneys practicing exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law, the Piston Group provides its clients with focused and in-depth representation in business immigration matters. The firm was founded in 1985 by Michael E. Piston, since that time, the firm has processed over 5,000 applications for U.S. permanent residence based upon employment and over 10,000 immigrant employment visas.

Pradeek Susheelan is a New York licensed Attorney and an active Member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association chapters of Santa-Clara, CA (Silicon Valley), Georgia- Alabama, and Asia-Pacific. His practice covers all sections of immigration law. His clients include multinational corporations, manufacturing and technology firms, immigrant investors, physicians, national interest waiver applicants, asylum applicants, undocumented workers, naturalization applicants, marriage based applicants, applicants for waiver of criminal convictions, applicants for misrepresentation waivers, U-visa applicants, VAWA applicants and individuals facing removal proceedings.

Rohit Turkhud has been specializing in the practice of the US Immigration & Nationality Laws since 1985. For the first 9 years of his career his practiced focused on asylum and removal cases. Since 1994 he has been specializing in employment based and family based matters. From 1994 to 2001 Rohit served in senior executive positions at IT companies and headed their legal and international recruiting divisions. He was an integral part of setting up an IT company's UK operations and travelled extensively to the UK in the discharge of those responsibilities. From June 2004 to September 2012 he was a partner at the Law Offices of Cyrus S. Nallaseth PLLC, and at Nallaseth & Turkhud PLLC. He continues to focus on employment based immigration matters. Rohit has joined FLG, as a partner, in the pursuit of excellence and expansion. Rohit seeks to contribute to the international growth of FLG and help ensure that we always provide the quality of services and attention to customer satisfaction that has catapulted FLG to the top of law firms specializing in the field of immigration laws. He is proud to be a member of a team that reaches from Miami to San Francisco and from New York to Denver, with Michigan being the heart of the network. He has authored a frequent immigration law column for India Today's North American edition. He is a guest speaker on business immigration issues, specially relating to H-1B and the new PERM rules and regulations. He has authored an article in the second edition of the authoritative "THE PERM BOOK". On the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, Rohit hosts a prime time LIVE immigration show on Jus Punjabi, a national cable network channel. Mr. Turkhud is fluent in the Hindi, Gujarati and Marathi languages.

Nathan Waxman served as expert witness before the Board of Alien Certification Appeals and the Executive Office of Immigration Review on labor certification and employment-based immigration matters. He has served on numerous local and national AILA committees and has participated in the drafting and submission of comments to the Department of Labor and the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, in response to proposed rulemaking regarding key issues in employment-based immigration law. He has been the author of numerous articles on topics ranging from the National Interest Waiver through H-1 portability and cap issues to the representation of alternative health care practitioners. He has served on AILA's New Ideas Committee and is Adjunct Professor of Business Immigration at the School of Professional Studies, City University of New York.


AC Hotel Washington, DC at National Harbor
156 Waterfront Street
National Harbor, Maryland 20745
To reserve a room, call 301-749-2299
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Material included in the registration price is The PERM Book 3rd Edition will be provided to each attendee upon its publication. ($149 value)

CLE Credits:

ILW.COM is accredited CLE Provider in State of California and Texas. Attorneys admitted in AK, CO, FL, MT, ND, NJ, NY (some exclusions apply) and WV are able to obtain MCLE credits through reciprocity with State of California. For remaining states, which require MCLE but do not accept reciprocity with any other jurisdiction, Certificate of Attendance for obtaining a self-study credits is available. Please note, CT, DC, MA, MD, MI and SD do not require MCLE.


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Here are some participants' testimonials from the PERM Workshop in Nashville, TN, June 13th:

"I would highly recommend the PERM Workshop, as it is so valuable to beginning and experienced lawyers, or HR professionals, because the topics are well covered and many viewpoints are discussed. The speakers cover a variety of topics, real-life examples, differeing viewpoints and even some funny stories!"
-Laurie Hawkins

"Very informative! Great to hear from people with so much experience and knowledge"
-Ruth Ott

"Very Insightful and helps to hear issues others are currently facing"
-Natalia Lopez

"Valuable insight from highly experienced panel members. Great way to learn from other peoples experiences"
-Dilip Patel

Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
Workshop Package - $299
National Harbor, MD (Washington D.C. Area)
June 17, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Includes continental breakfast, sit-down lunch & coffee break.
Final Deadline: June 10th, 2015

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Disclaimer: participation in this workshop does not create an attorney-client relationship with the speakers