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"Labor Certification with Joel Stewart"
Guest speakers: Roxana Bacon, Lorna Rogers Burgess, Aggie Hoffman, Ron Klasko, Angelo Paparelli and Ann Pinchak

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


FIRST Phone Session on February 22nd:

1.  General Issues

  1. Preparation of Application
    • SVP (DOT v. SOC)
    • Operating Instructions (TAG & GAL's)
    • Regional Differences
  2. Prevailing Wage Determinations
    • Government Surveys: OES/SOC or SCA
    • Private Surveys
  3. Filing Procedures
    • Regular, Fast-Track & Reduction in Recruitment

SECOND Phone Session on March 22nd:

2.  Special Problems

  1. Reduction in Recruitment & Conversion
  2. Post 9/11 Availability of US Workers
  3. Interviews, Consideration of US Workers
  4. Minimum Requirements, Business Necessity, Requirements on the Job
  5. Combination of Education, Experience and Training
  6. Specific Occupations: Information Technology, Managers, Engineering

THIRD Phone Session on April 22nd:

3.  Responding to Challenges

  1. Burden of Proof: Statutory, Regulatory, BALCA
  2. Remands & NOF's
  3. Denial of RIR
  4. Final Determinations (Denials)
  5. Reconsideration to CO
  6. Appeal to BALCA
Citations for Session 1,     Citations for Session 2,     Citations for Session 3
Question 1,     Question 2,     Question 3
Note from Joel Stewart,     Memo from Dale Zieglar


Joel Stewart practices exclusively in the area of immigration law with Fowler, White, Burnett, Hurley, Banick & Strickroot, P.A. 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 and a popular speaker at immigration seminars for national and local bar associations throughout the United States. Mr. Stewart writes the monthly BALCA Case Summaries for Immigration Law Today and authors official publications of AILA such as the Visa Processing Guide for Procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies in Brazil and Portugal. 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.

Roxanna Bacon has been practising immigration and employment law for over 25 years. She received her BA and JD from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the first woman to serve as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conferences, to be elected president of the Arizona State Bar Association, and to serve as general counsel of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the American Immigration Law Foundation. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University Law College and chairs the American Immigration Lawyer’s Association’s (AILA) Enforcement Liaison Committee. She is currently president of the Board of Visitors of University of Arizona College of Law, and has served on the board of directors of the National Law Center, dedicated to implementing NAFTA.

Lorna Rogers Burgess leads the Immigration Law Practice at Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Admitted to the Colorado and Utah Bars, she graduated from Williams College with Honors in Religion and the University of Colorado School of Law Order of the Coif. Ms. Burgess served as a Law Clerk to Judge Richard P. Matsch in the U.S. District Court, District of Colorado. Ms. Burgess has limited her practice to Immigration Law for more than 15 years. She is past Chair and Founder of the Utah Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, has been a regular faculty member of AILA conferences, and serves on several AILA committees. Ms. Burgess has authored several law review articles and taught many seminars in the field. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

Aggie Hoffman has 22 years of experience in serving the business community in solving visa and other immigration issues. Her clients include multi-national corporations, as well as individuals. Her practice includes nonimmigrant visas, immigrant visas, labor certifications, political asylum, naturalization, defending U.S. employers in immigration audits of unauthorized hiring, and appellate work before the BIA, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Hoffman has successfully litigated against the INS and the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a Certified Specialist in Immigration Law and has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell.

H. Ronald Klasko is a partner and chair of the immigration law group at Dechert. A former national president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), he served as its general counsel from 1996 to 1999. Ron is the 1999 recipient of the AILA Founders Award, bestowed on the individual or group who has the most important impact on immigration law. He has been a member of the board of governors of AILA since 1980 and formerly served as chair of the Association's Philadelphia Chapter. He has also served as national chair of the Business Immigration and the Task Forces on Employer Sanctions, H and L (business) Visas and Labor Certifications. He is the co-author of the two-volume Employers' Immigration Compliance Guide, a leading publication on the immigration laws affecting employers. A former adjunct professor of immigration law at Villanova University Law School, Ron is a frequent lecturer on immigration law and has appeared on national and local television and radio discussing immigration law issues. Ron has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

Angelo A. Paparelli has been practicing business-sponsored immigration law for over 20 years, and is the managing partner of Paparelli & Partners LLP in Irvine, California. He is a nationally recognized speaker, published author and leading expert on cutting-edge business-related immigration issues, including the immigration consequences of mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and other business changes, consular visa practice, audits of employers' compliance with immigration and labor regulations, and employment-based work visas. Mr. Paparelli is certified as a Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law by the State Bar of California, Board of Legal Specialization.

Ann Pinchak has practiced employment-based immigration and naturalization law for the past 17 years and is founding partner of Pinchak & Nguyen, P.C. She received her BA from Rice University and JD from the University of Houston College of Law. She is a frequent lecturer on issues relating to business immigration, serving as speaker at American Immigration Lawyer's Association conferences and guest lecturer at the University of Houston Law School.


$199 Seminar Package
Audio tape of Feb 22 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Mar 22 seminar (90 minutes)
Audio tape of Apr 22 seminar (90 minutes)

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