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The PERM Workshop
Vancouver, BC: Wednesday, June 25, 2008 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

Location: Pan Pacific Vancouver
Speakers: Joel Stewart, Kate Lopez Ley, Angelo A. Paparelli, Elizabeth Reichard, Rohit Turkhud And David Ware


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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. MCLE Available in Many States.


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
  • Prevailing Wage
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
  • Notice Requirements
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
  • 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 (Discussion Leader) 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.

Katherine Lopez Ley is a senior associate attorney with The Bae Law Group. Her practice focuses on labor certifications and related immigrant petitions, but encompasses both employment-based and family-based lawful permanent residence as well as K visas and naturalization applications. Ms. Lopez Ley is a graduate of The College of Idaho (previously Albertson College of Idaho) and received her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Angelo A. Paparelli is a State Bar of California "Certified Specialist" in Immigration and Nationality Law, and Managing Partner of Paparelli & Partners LLP, a leading immigration specialty firm in New York, NY and Irvine, CA. Paparelli provides creative solutions to complex immigration law problems, including mergers and acquisitions, work visas, PERM, portability and restoration of eligibility for immigration benefits on behalf of out-of-status aliens. He also serves as an expert witness and consultant on immigration issues arising in litigation. Selected as the world’s leading corporate immigration lawyer by The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers (2005-2006), and as a first-tier business immigration lawyer by Chambers Global (2006-2007), Paparelli is President of the Academy of Business Immigration Lawyers (, a think-tank of 17 Managing Partners of immigration specialty law firms and Practice Group Leaders of larger firms throughout the United States, is dedicated to promoting best practices in immigration client service and law firm management. A prolific author on immigration issues, he also writes a blog ( offering solutions to our nation’s dysfunctional immigration laws.

Elizabeth Reichard is an associate at Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP, in New York. Ms. Reichard was admitted to the New York Bar in 2004. Prior to joining Fragomen, Ms. Reichard practiced immigration law for an immigration law firm based in New York. She handled a full range of business and family immigration activities. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and New York City Bar Association, where she also serves as the Secretary of its Immigration and Nationality Law Committee. Ms. Reichard has published numerous articles regarding immigration with publications and organizations, such as LexisNexis and Ms. Reichard currently serves as the Fragomen Fellow at the New York City Bar Justice Center, a rotating fellowship the Fragomen firm established to enhance the pro bono immigration services provided at the Justice Center.

Rohit Turkhud is a partner at Nallaseth & Turkhud, PLLC specializing in the practice of the US Immigration and Nationality Laws since 1985. He is a graduate from the University of Pennsylvania's Law School, the Government Law College in Mumbai, India, and the Sydenham College, Mumbai, India. In addition to enjoying the benefits of a law partnership, Rohit worked for over 7 years in senior executive positions at IT companies and headed their legal and international recruiting divisions. He has authored a frequent immigration law column for India Today's North American edition. He is a member of the New York State Bar; the New York County Lawyer's Association; and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Currently, he serves on AILA, New York Chapter's Department of Labor Liaison, and the Corporate Practice Committees. On alternate Thursdays, Rohit hosts a prime time live immigration show on a cable network channel.

David Ware is the senior attorney at David Ware and Associates in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has practiced in the field of Immigration and Nationality Law since 1982. Since 1989, he has been an organizer and the co-chair of the Tulane University Immigration Conference, New Orleans, LA. Since 1986, he has been an adjunct professor of immigration law at the Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, LA.


The Pan Pacific Vancouver is perfectly situated atop the magnificent Canada Place complex on Vancouver's dramatic waterfront - offering panoramic views of the city, harbour and the Coastal Mountains. Sharing Canada Place is the spacious Vancouver Conference & Exhibition Centre, the World Trade Centre office complex and Vancouver's Alaska cruise ship facility. Just steps away are Vancouver's downtown, business district and entertainment centres.


Materials included in the registration price are THE PERM BOOK 2008-2009 Editon and other supporting information provided by the speakers.


(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


50% discount to attorneys working for a non-profit organization
50% discount to any attorney employed by any government agency
50% discount to an attorney that is unemployed

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Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
Workshop Package - CLOSED 
Vancouver, BC: June 25, 2008 - 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