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The PERM Workshop
Nashville, TN: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 8:30am - 5:00pm

Speakers: Joel Stewart, Robert Banta, Blake Chisam, Kirsten Kelly, Michael Piston, Ed Rubin, Lawrence H. Rudnick, Rohit Turkhud, Sam Udani, Kiran Vairale-Mumtaz, and David Ware


Workshop Outline Speaker bios Materials Testimonials CLOSED

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: Government Standards & Forms
  • Important PERM Definitions
  • O*Net, SVP, & Job Zones
  • Prevailing Wage Applications and Levels
  • PERM form 9089 - Old and New
  • Supervised Recruitment
15 min. break: Refreshments provided10:30am-10:45am
Session 2: Complete PERM Jurisprudence Update
  • Immigration and Nationality Act
  • The PERM Rule 20 CFR 656
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • DOL Memos & Stakeholder Meetings
Lunch Program:
Includes Lunch and Presentation
  • Immigration Legislative Update 2012 includes legislative development affecting PERM
Session 3: Advertising and Recruitment
  • Notice Requirements
  • Non-Professional v Professional
  • Special Processing
  • State Workforce Agencies
15 min. break: Refreshments provided3:15pm-3:30pm
Session 4: Post Filing Issues
  • Audits: Procedures, Queues and Documentary Requirements
  • Reconsideration of Denials
  • Appeals to BALCA
  • Federal Litigation


Joel Stewart (Discussion Leader) works exclusively in the area of immigration law. Joel Stewart has joined the Immigration Practice Group of the law firm of Fowler White Boggs as Of Counsel in the Firm's Fort Lauderdale office. Joel Stewart is the editor and author of THE PERM BOOK. 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 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 columns Brazilian newspapers and serves as in-house Counsel for the Brazilian Consulate in Miami, Florida.

Robert Banta is the Managing Partner of Banta Immigration Law Limited, Atlanta's largest law firm practicing exclusively business immigration law. He received his B.A. degree from Davidson College, his M.A. degree in Romance Languages (French) from Duke University and his J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University. He is recognized for his immigration expertise in The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Atlanta magazine's list of the Best Lawyers in Atlanta, and Georgia Super Lawyers.

Blake Chisam is a Partner based in Washington, D.C., and leads Fragomen's Professional Practice and Government Relations Group. Blake was previously senior counsel to the immigration subcommittee for the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, where he worked on policy and oversight issues related to employment-based immigration, international law, border security, immigration enforcement, refugee issues, naturalization and citizenship. In addition to his former role with the House Judiciary Committee, Blake served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel for the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct (Ethics Committee) from 2009-2011, and counsel to the Ethics Committee Chair and Senior Policy Advisor to Representative Zoe Lofgren in 2009. During his tenure, Blake directed an unprecedented number of complex Congressional ethics investigations and served as lead counsel in high-profile House ethics disciplinary hearings. Prior to his government service, Blake practiced immigration and nationality law in the private sector. His practice focused on advising organizations with respect to immigration-related policy, employment issues and other related matters. Blake is a sought-after speaker and guest lecturer and has published many commentaries on immigration law including a book, Immigration Practice, which he co-authored. In 2000, he was awarded the Meritorious Public Service Award by former Attorney General Janet Reno.

Kirsten Kelly is an immigration associate based in Vancouver. As a lawyer licensed to practice in the United States, she has several years of experience assisting Fortune 100 companies with a wide range of US business immigration legal services. Kirsten has successfully managed US immigration strategy and process for a multi-million US client, including preparing and submitting applications for permanent residence, citizenship, temporary work permits, and family-based immigration. She advises multinational companies and their employees on US immigration law, and makes written and oral submissions to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of State and US consulates worldwide. Kirsten also has developed an expertise with US Department of Labor PERM applications.Kirsten previously worked as a clerk with Judge Steinle of the Arizona Superior Court. She received an award for pro bono service for her work with the Arizona Justice Project and as a court-appointed special advocate. Kirsten has a bachelor of arts in international relations.Kirsten is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and is licensed to practice law in Arizona. She also is a registered Foreign Legal Consultant with the Law Society of British Columbia.

Kiran Vairale Mumtaz is a CEO at Adnet Advertising Agency, Inc.

Michael Piston is the senior partner in Piston & Carpenter PC in Troy, Michigan. He has practiced immigration law exclusively for over 20 years, and has spoken at numerous American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and ILW.COM conferences and workshops as well as writing articles for AILA Annual Conferences Handbooks and ILW PERM Handbooks. With four attorneys practicing exclusively in the field of immigration and nationality law, the Piston Group provides its clients with focused and in-depth representation in business immigration matters. The firm was founded in 1985 by Michael E. Piston, since that time, the firm has processed over 5,000 applications for U.S. permanent residence based upon employment and over 10,000 immigrant employment visas.

Ed Rubin's practice is limited to immigration and nationality law with special emphasis on corporate and employment based immigration matters. Mr. Rubin's practice has been limited to immigration and nationality matters for over 40 years. He served as National President of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) in 1990-91 and has been a member of AILA's Board of Governors since 1982. He served as AILA Chapter Chair in both Philadelphia and New Jersey. Mr. Rubin was Senior Editor of and Contributing Author to, "Immigration & Nationality Law," AILA, (two volumes annually), 1985-1990 and was Editor Emeritus for over 15 years. He was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to serve two terms as one of the sixteen members of the Federal Advisory Committee on the Immigration Nursing Relief Act of 1989. He was the 1993 recipient of AILA's Edith Lowenstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Advancing the Administrative Practice of Immigration Law and recipient of the 2001 AILA Mentor Award. He established the AILA Mentor program during his term as AILA President. Mr. Rubin is a frequent author and lecturer on immigration issues. He has been listed in the "Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers" for 28 consecutive years, "Best Lawyers in America", "An International Who's Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers (where he was rated as one of the top 23 immigration lawyers in the U.S.)" and "Superlawyers". He can reached at his East Brunswick, NJ office at

Lawrence H. Rudnick is the managing partner of The Rudnick Spector Firm, whose practice is limited exclusively to immigration and nationality law. He was previously a partner in the firm Steel, Rudnick & Ruben. Mr. Rudnick has some 35 years of experience practicing law with nearly 30 years exclusively in the practice of immigration law. Mr. Rudnick's practice emphasizes business immigration law, especially the international transfer of executive, managerial, professional and specialized knowledge employees. Mr. Rudnick also has an extensive litigation practice including significant litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals and District Courts. Mr. Rudnick has written numerous articles related to business immigration issues. He is an annual speaker at the National Conference of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

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.

Sam Udani the publisher of ILW.COM, will give a luncheon presentation with legislative update on EB-5 and discussion on future of value chain of EB-5 from China.

David Ware has practiced immigration law since 1981 and has 29 years of experience in representing universities and their students, faculty, and staff, as well as companies and individuals. His firm is one of only a handful in the nation with a consistent focus on academia, while also handling business, family, removal, asylum, and nationality cases. He has for many years been selected to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and has been selected as one of the Best Lawyers in America since 2000. For ten years, Mr. Ware has been selected as among the top immigration attorneys in Louisiana by New Orleans Magazine, and in 2005 and 2008, City Business Magazine selected him as one of the top 50 "Leaders in Law" in Louisiana, the only immigration attorney so chosen. In 2008, he was elected to Who's Who International's Top Corporate Immigration Attorneys - one of only 300 in the US and the only in Louisiana. Mr. Ware is a recognized leader among immigration attorneys in practice areas of interest to universities, and he currently serves as a mentor in these areas for other immigration attorneys through AILA. He has been active in NAFSA since 1985. In addition to holding several AILA and NAFSA leadership positions, he has received numerous awards for outstanding service to NAFSA. His firm is one of only three NAFSA Global Law Firm Advocates. He regularly serves as an expert speaker at both AILA and NAFSA national and regional conferences, and at the meetings of other academically-oriented organizations such as NACE and CUPA.


Radisson Hotel
2401 Music Valley Drive
Nashville, TN 37214
Tel: 615-889-0800


Material included in the registration price is The PERM Book ($499 value)

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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Here are some participants' testimonials from the PERM Workshop in Nashville, TN, June 13th:

"Very imformative! Great to hear from people with so much experience and knowledge"
-Ruth Ott

"Very Insightful and helps to hear issues others are currently facing"
-Natalia Lopez

Valuable insight from highly experienced panel members. Great way to learn from other peoples experiences"
-Dilip Patel

Cancellation/Return/Shipping Policy
Workshop Package - CLOSED 
Nashville, TN: June 13, 2012 - 8:30am to 5pm.
Includes continental breakfast, sit-down lunch & coffee breaks.


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