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Speakers: Devang Shah, Leslie T. DiTrani, Aron Finkelstein, Aggie Hoffman, Daniel C. Horne, Allen Orr and Steve Springer

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Each call features an hour of analysis, strategy and practice tips, followed by questions and answers from participants. MCLE Credits in CA, TX and other states (click here for more details).


FIRST Phone Session on January 20: Pre-filing Essentials

  • Introduction of the National Prevailing Wage Determination, ETA Form 9141.
  • Advanced Issues in preparing an ETA 9089 for PERM and I-140 approval
    • Foreign degree equivalences for EB2 and EB3.
    • Alien's influence and control over the job opportunity.
    • Use of qualifying experience gained with the sponsoring employer or as a contractor.
    • Preparing business necessity letters in anticipation of an audit.
    • Foreign Language Requirements
    • Combination of Occupations
    • Combinations of Education, Experience and Training
    • Alternative Requirements
    • Ensuring that the company has the ability to pay.

SECOND Phone Session on February 4: Ensuring a Successful Recruitment Campaign

  • Tips for advertising and other recruitment requirements for professional occupations.
  • Ensuring the employer's compliance for the review of resumes, interviews and preparation of recruitment reports.
  • Avoid sanctions; understanding the attorney's role in recruitment process. What is and is not permissible.
  • Filing PERM applications in economically challenging times.
    • Layoffs in the company industry pre PERM filing and/or post PERM filing.
    • Effect of Employer's Bankruptcy.
    • Is supervised recruitment in our future ?

THIRD Phone Session on March 4: Post Filing Issues

  • Responding to an Audit.
    • Preparation of recruitment reports at the pre-filing stage necessary to withstand an audit.
    • Use of Expert opinions
    • Business Necessity Letters.
    • Layoff Reports
  • Strategies to re-file a PERM petition.
    • Errors vs. Mistakes.
    • When and how should you file a request for reconsideration ?
    • Withdrawing a petition. When is it permitted and strategies for appropriate timing of withdrawals.
    • Refiling and Second PERM applications.
  • Recent PERM BALCA case summaries.

Citations for Session 1        Citations for Session 2        Citations for Session 3       


Devang M. Shah (Discussion Leader) is the Managing Partner of Shah and Kishore. He practices in the area of business immigration. He is actively involved in the American Immigration Lawyers Association ("AILA"). He has been serving as a mentor in the areas of Labor Certification and H-1B visas for over seven years. In this capacity he provides assistance and advice to AILA member attorneys on simple or complex matters. Mr. Shah also served as the Immigration Chair of the Montgomery County Bar Association where he was presented with the Chair of the Year award for 2002-03 and for 2003-04. Mr. Shah is also a frequent lecturer for immigration issues for various organizations and corporations. Devang M. Shah obtained his Master of Law Degree from Georgetown University Law School and a Juris Doctor cum laude from The American University Washington College of Law. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Michigan. Upon completion of his education he was honored to be selected and serve as the Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael D. Mason in the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Maryland. Mr. Shah is a member of the Bar in the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Leslie T. DiTrani is the founding partner of the Law Office of Leslie Tuttle DiTrani based in Cambridge, MA. Her practice concentrates exclusively in U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. She has 15 years of experience assisting individuals and businesses in finding immigration solutions, with special emphasis in the area of immigrant and nonimmigrant visas for foreign born professionals and general workers, including Labor Certification, H-1B visas, L visas, E visas, and TN visas. Ms. DiTrani is experienced in all aspects of family based immigration. She has been elected to the AILA New England Chapter, Executive Board, 2008 to present and has been Co-Chair of the Annual AILA New England Immigration Law Conference from 2007 through 2010. She founded the Cambridge Community Learning Center volunteer immigration clinic in 2002, and was honored to be named CCLC Volunteer of the Year. Admitted to the Massachusetts Bar and the Federal District Court of Massachusetts. Ms. DiTrani has a bachelors degree in Economics, 1986, William Smith College, Geneva, New York, and Juris Doctor, 1994, Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts.

Aron Finkelstein is the Managing Attorney at the Murthy Law Firm. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland and completed his law degree at the University of Baltimore. Mr. Finkelstein began working in the field of immigration law while clerking at a downtown Baltimore law firm in 1995. He is an active member in the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He has served on many of AILA's committees, including as Co-Liaison to the State of Maryland Department of Labor, the Federal Department of Labor Committee for Region II, the AILA Congressional Committee, as Vice Chair for the Education Committee, Chair of the AILA DC Chapter Department of Labor Committee, and as a member of the AILA DC Chapter Executive Committee. Mr. Finkelstein helped establish Murthy's Corporate Teleconference series and regularly participates on the panel to clarify employment immigration matters critical to companies. He advises clients via telephonic and in-person consultations, serves as a mentor, and is responsible for the daily management of the law firm. Mr. Finkelstein has been awarded the high to very high rating for legal ability and very high for General Ethical Standards from Martindale-Hubbell. This prestigious award represents a level of ability acknowledged by his peers and signifies his professional ethics and conduct in caring for clients of the Murthy Law Firm. He is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law, teaching the Employment-Based Immigration Law course. Mr. Finkelstein is a member of the Maryland State Bar, the United States District Courts for the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Aggie Hoffman has been serving the business community in solving visa and other immigration issues, devoting 100% of her time to complex issues in the field of immigration and nationality law, dedicating significant time to appeals and motions to reopen. Based in Los Angeles, she is certified as a specialist by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization. Ms. Hoffman has served as president of American Immigration Lawyers Assn (AILA), So. California Chapter, as well as on national AILA committees; she has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has enjoyed SuperLawyer status for eight consecutive years since 2002. The facets of Ms. Hoffman’s practice range from processing initial nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas (green cards), PERM labor certifications, political asylum, naturalization, immigration court, and appellate work before the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Hoffman has also successfully litigated against the Citizenship and Immigration Service (CIS) and the U.S. Department of Labor on immigration issues. Notable and precedent decisions include: Lauretta v. Herman, (CV 97-4479 WJR (C.D. Cal. Aug. 6, 1997) which granted a preliminary injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor for unreasonable delay in processing labor certifications, and Yeghiazaryan v. Gonzalez, 431 F3d. 678 (9th Cir 2005), reversing denial of a Motion to Reopen by the Board of Immigration Appeals, and remanding the case based on ineffective counsel and ineffective interpreter. Attorney fees were granted pursuant to the Equal Access to Justice Act in both cases.

Daniel Horne is Senior Associate at Jackson & Hertogs. Formerly a partner with the San Francisco immigration firm of Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP, and later with the firm Kuver Horne LLP, Daniel now holds over a decade of experience assisting corporations and individuals with immigration and nationality matters. He has received the Martindale-Hubbell® directory’s highest rating (“AV”), and is listed within its Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers. Daniel is a monthly columnist for Bender’s Immigration Bulletin, a LexisNexis® periodical providing news and analysis to immigration lawyers nationwide. His law review article proposing changes to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program appeared in the Stanford Law and Policy Review’s Spring 2005 issue. Daniel also volunteers his time to mentor AILA immigration attorneys on business immigration issues, and to attorneys providing pro bono assistance to asylum seekers through the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

Allen Orr is Associate attorney at Baker and McKenzie.

Steve Springer is an immigration attorney with David Ware and Associates. He earned his law degree in 1986, and represents clients in immigration matters throughout the U.S. After working for several years as a litigator, he earned a graduate degree in cultural studies, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland, for nearly a decade managed immigration services for several major research universities, and managed his own immigration law practice. He has held a variety of NAFSA (International Educators Association) and serves on the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Students and Scholars Committee. He is a frequent speaker at the meetings of professional associations including NAFSA, AILA, the College and University Personnel Association, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.


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