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The PERM Workshop
Orlando, FL: Tuesday, June 12, 2007 - 8:30am-5pm

Location: Orlando World Center Marriott
Speakers: Joel Stewart, Jeffrey A. Devore, Joseph McFarland, Michael E. Piston, Andrea Slusser,Sam Udani and Suzanne E. Vazquez


Workshop Outline Speaker bios REGISTER NOW!

This is an all-day, (8:30 am to 5 pm), comprehensive workshop covering every major aspect of the PERM rule and its impact on labor certification practices. Considerable time will be devoted to back and forth and the seating is limited to the first 50 registrants to give participants ample opportunity to have their critical questions answered. Walk-In Registrations Accepted. MCLE Credits Available.


Continental Breakfast and Handouts Provided
Session 1: Mechanics of PERM: Preparation & Prevailing Wage
  • Understanding O*Net
  • Understanding Job Zones & SVP
  • How to use the DOL's Trinary System: SVP Ranges, Competency Levels, and Educational Ratings for Schedule D Professionals
15 min. break: Refreshments provided10:30am-10:45am
Session 2: The Recruitment Process & Strategy
  • Tips for Advertising, Coordinating the Campaign in 180 Days
  • Analysis of the 10 Professional Recruitment Options
  • Review of Resumes, Contacting and Interviewing US Workers, Recruitment Reports & Categorizing Reasons for Rejection, Preparing the Record File and Supporting Documents
Lunch Program:
Includes Lunch and Presentation
Session 3:
Restrictive Requirements, Audit Proofing, and Electronic Filing
  • Defining Normal Requirements, Foreign Languages, Combination of Occupations, Alternative Requirements, Actual Minimum Requirements, Combinations of Education Experience, and Training
  • Layoffs, Alien Influence and Control
  • Documentation of Employer, Job Requirements v. Alien Qualifications, How to Fill in H-4 to H-10, When and Where to Put the Magic Language
  • Tips on Filing Electronically
15 min. break: Refreshments provided3:15pm-3:30pm
Session 4: Reconsideration, Appeals to BALCA, & Federal Court Litigation
  • Discussion of the New Substitution Rule
  • Understanding Audit Letters and Final Determinations, Retention of Documents, CO Requests for supplemental information and/or documentation, Supervised Recruitment Pros & Cons.
  • Motions to Reconsider with or without Request for Appeal, Which BALCA En Banc Cases Differ from PERM, Arguing Harmless Error after Matter of Health America
  • Legal Arguments on Appeal, When Introduction of New Facts May be Possible, Exhausting Administrative Appeals Not Required


Joel Stewart 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 the editor of PQ: The Perm Quarterly, a professional journal that compiles and develops updated information on PERM for attorneys and employers. Mr. Stewart has been writing the BALCA Case Summaries for AILA and Immigration Law Today since 1987 and authors official AILA articles and publications such as the Visa Processing Guide for Procedures at U.S. Consulates and Embassies in Brazil and Portugal. Mr. Stewart writes weekly newspaper columns for the Brazilian Times and the Brazilian Paper and presents a weekly radio program in Portuguese on Radio Brazil. In addition to supervising an exchange program for foreign law students to work and study in the U.S., Mr. Stewart has also lectured at the University of Law in Saint Petersburg, Russia, and heads the immigration committee for the Dade County Bar Association in Miami, Florida.

Jeffrey A. Devore is an attorney practicing immigration and nationality law with the law firm of Devore & Devore, P.A., which has offices in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Florida, and London, England. Mr. Devore received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science in 1986 from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1989 from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. He was admitted to The Florida Bar on May 4, 1990. Mr. Devore is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality law by The Florida Bar and specializes in assisting foreign nationals who want to live and work in the United States and companies that wish to employ them. He is "AV" Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, indicating very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the Bar. He has been recognized as an expert in immigration law by the Florida Courts, has litigated several cases against the Departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security in Federal Court and has written extensively on United States immigration and naturalization matters. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th and 11th Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, the Northern District of Texas and the District of Arizona. Mr. Devore is a former recipient of the Immigration Law Award presented by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County in recognition of outstanding Pro Bono service to the community. He is a frequent speaker on immigration matters at internationally known legal education (CLE) seminars as well as for employers, civic groups and other organizations. Mr. Devore is a member of The Florida Bar, the Palm Beach County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). He is a past chair (2001-2002) and presently serves on The Florida Bar Immigration and Nationality Law Certification Committee, and is President-Elect of AILA?s South Florida Chapter. He is the former Chair of the Palm Beach County Bar Association Immigration Committee and AILA South Florida Chapter Palm Beach Liaison Committee. He is also serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County.

Joseph McFarland practices Immigration Law in Orlando, Florida.

Michael E. Piston has been practicing exclusively in the field of U.S. immigration law since 1986. His firm specializes in the representation of foreign professionals and their employers, particularly in the software and engineering consulting fields.

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.

Andrea Slusser practices Immigration Law in Orlando, Florida.

Suzanne E. Vazquez is board certified in the area of Immigration and Nationality Law by the Florida Bar and has her own practice in Orlando, Florida. Suzanne has successfully represented many employers and foreign nationals with complex immigration cases. Suzanne received her BA from the University of Texas-Austin, and her JD from St. Mary's University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas. Suzanne was born in New York City and is the daughter of Cuban and British immigrants.

Orlando World Center Marriott, Resort & Convention Center
8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821

Tampa, I-4 East, to exit 67 (to 536 East). Hotel is on the left.

Miami, Florida Turnpike North, to Osceola Parkway West (toward Disney), to right on SR 535 North (Vineland Road), to left on 536 West. Hotel is on the right.

Daytona, I-4 West, to exit 67 (to 536 East). Hotel is on the left.

Atlanta, I-75 South, to Florida Turnpike South, to I-4 West, to exit 67 (536 East). Hotel is on the left.

Orlando (MCO) (15 mi SW) Take South Exit from Airport to Greenway Toll Road South (Rt. 417). Take Exit 6 (536 East), go through 2 lights and hotel will be on the right.

Kissimmee (ISM) (10 mi NE) Dyer Ave to U.S. 192 West to S.R. 535. Turn right on S.R. 535 to S.R. 536, Turn left, and hotel is on the right.

Sanford Airport (41 mi NE) Take E. Lake Mary Blvd to I-4 West, approximately 30 miles. Exit 67 to SR 536 east. Hotel is on left.


Materials included in the registration price are THE PERM BOOK, and the June 2006 and September 2006 editions of PQ:The PERM Quarterly. (The materials alone are a $600 value!)


(from previous attendees of The PERM Workshop)

"Thank you for a great program. I found the panels to be very informative -the practical pointers will be invaluable." - Jennifer Roeper, Fowler White Boggs Banker, Tampa, FL

"The seminar was excellent in materials and presentation. The speakers are obviously tops in their field with a wealth of knowledge on the subject. It was informative, valuable and interesting. Thank you!" - Margo Einsig, Barley Snyder, York, PA

"Fabulous. I've learned a lot, very informative workshop. Comprehensive, great materials. I am ready to tackle PERM cases after this workshop. Thank you!" - Loveness Schafer, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

"Joel Stewart is outstanding and is a walking encyclopedia. He is so clear and smart and intelligent -he makes me forget I have been studying since 9 am and it is now 4:30 pm!" - Gabriela Kreutzer, Law Offices of Gabriela Kreutzer, Los Angeles, CA

"Wonderful presentation. Unlike AILA conferences, this conference was well organized and well presented. The small class size allowed for discussions, which was most helpful." - Devang Shah, Shah and Kishore, Rockville, MD

Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
Workshop Package 
Orlando, FL: June 12, 2007 - 8:30am to 5pm.
Includes continental breakfast, sit-down lunch & coffee breaks.


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