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PERM for Experts

Speakers: Lynn O'Brien (Discussion Leader), Ruth Clark, Pam Genise, Charles Gillman, and Miguel Manna.

Deadline: February 10th, 2016

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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 December 17, 2015, from 2 PM to 3 PM (Eastern Time)
Prevailing Wage Best Practices: Setting up Prevailing Wage Requests, Obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination, Courses of Action if the PWD Seems Incorrect or if changes occur to the position

  • Setting expectations with the client regarding current processing times and drafting the prevailing wage request
    • Are you suggesting the OFLC wage or alternative wage survey? Are you using private surveys? What surveys are successful?
    • Are you requesting "Computer Occupations, All Others (15-1199)?"
    • Are you drafting the request with enough specificity to ensure you will not receive an RFI? Any tips? If duties are "design and develop", are you listing what the employee is expected to design? How much specificity is required?
    • Do you provide a generic job description and duties (or list all)? Is it possible to get a generic wage determination to use for batch recruitment?
    • Travel language included on the wage request? Alternative requirements included?
  • Obtaining the Prevailing Wage Determination
    • If it was classified properly, proceed. Any further considerations?
    • If it was not classified the way that you requested/anticipated, what are the courses of action? Do you re-submit? Do you edit duties/alter requirements? Do you seek reconsideration?
  • What do you do if the requirements change after you have submitted the request, but before filing the PERM? Can you salvage the wage?

SECOND Phone Session on Thursday, January 21, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
PERM Recruitment Best Practices

  • Mandatory Recruitment
  • Three Additional Types of Recruitment
  • Resume Review
  • Reasonable Period of Training

THIRD Phone Session on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. (Eastern Time)
PERM Best Practices

  • Audits Triggers
  • Audit Requests We Are Seeing Now
  • Replying to Audits - Best Practices
  • PERM Denials - Discussion of Recent PERM Denials
  • Options Ater Denial

Lynn O'Brien

Lynn O’Brien (Discussion Leader) is an Associate Attorney in the Northern Virginia office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. She concentrates her practice on business immigration matters including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa issues, advising clients every step of the way through the process. She focuses on H-1B visas, L-1 visas, and labor certification applications filed with the Department of Labor. Additionally, Ms. O’Brien has advised various startups on the visa process when transitioning from student to owner/employee status. She has also represented clients before United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Prior to joining BAL, Ms. O’Brien served as a Senior Consultant on the USCIS Transformation project, working with leaders and subject matter experts within USCIS.

Ruth Clark

Ruth Clark is a Senior Associate in the Houston office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. She has experience in all aspects of immigration law, with a focus on corporate and business immigration matters, including both nonimmigrant and permanent residency issues. Ms. Clark's experience in corporate immigration, family-based immigration law, naturalization, and removal defense allow her to provide comprehensive immigration advice to her clients and their employees. Prior to joining Berry Appleman & Leiden, Ms. Clark was an Associate for a national immigration law firm.

Pamela Genise

Pamela Genise is an Assistant Managing Attorney (AMA) and a Member of the Murthy Law Firm. Pamela is establishing the firm's presence on the west coast through a satellite office in the Seattle, WA metro area. In her role as AMA, Pamela focuses on the firm's external relationships with clients, as well as general business development, and serves on the firm's hiring and legal agreements committees. Pamela's practice primarily consists of representing employers and employees in permanent immigration cases and she regularly advises clients on the immigration impact of corporate changes as well as strategies for establishing permanent immigration policies and practices. Pamela is experienced in successfully representing employers before the U.S. Department of Labor, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Administrative Appeals Office. Prior to joining the Murthy Law Firm in 2007, Pamela worked for several years at a firm in Washington D.C., where she handled a variety of immigration matters including nonimmigrant work visas, employment-based cases (extraordinary ability, national interest waiver, multinational executive / manager transfers, and labor certifications), family-based cases, adjustment of status, naturalization, and removal hearings. In addition to her work with the Murthy Law Firm, Pamela previously served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Baltimore Law School teaching Business Immigration Law.

Pamela Genise

Charles Gillman is an attorney at Ogletree Deakins. He focuses his practice on employment-based immigration law. He assists corporate clients in various industries with the international transfer of key personnel. He is knowledgeable about managing high-volume employee transfers, as his background includes assisting employers in gaining temporary and permanent visas for all types of business, scientific and executive personnel. Mr. Gillman advises employers on Form I-9 compliance issues and the immigration implications of corporate restructuring. He has lectured on business immigration law topics before industry groups and professional organizations. Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Mr. Gillman practiced immigration law with leading firms in New York and Seattle, and was an in-house attorney with the Microsoft Corporation.

Pamela Genise

Miguel A. Manna ia an attorney at Ogletree Deakins. He works closely with both large multinational corporations and individuals to strategize the most successful pathways to accomplish their immigration goals. In so doing, he balances the needs of his clients with the complex requirements of the federal statutes and regulations. Miguel is a native of Caracas, Venezuela. Before moving to the United States, he lived in Panama, Ecuador, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan.

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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  • 50% discount to an attorney who is unemployed
  • 50% discount to attorneys with newly started attorney practices (within first 6 months of creation)
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$149 Seminar Package
Includes all three dates:
December 17, 2015 (60 min)
January 21, 2016 (60 min)
February 11, 2016 (60 min)

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