Comment: The High-Tech PERM workshop - National Harbor, MD
ILW.COM is proud to announce that the PERM workshop will be taking place on June 17, 2015 in National Harbor, MD (Washington D.C. Area). The Discussion Leader will be Joel Stewart; other speakers include Rami Fakhoury, Matt Morse, Michael Piston, Larry Rudnick, Edwin R. Rubin, Pradeek Susheelan, Rohit Turkhud and Nathan Waxman. The curriculum is as follows:

Session 1:
What's the Law?
  • Chevron Deference & Sub-Regulatory Rulemaking
  • Statutory Authority
  • Regulations: 20 CFR and Others
  • Instructions on the Forms
  • Instructions For Electronic Filing
  • FAQ's
  • Stakeholder Guidance,
  • Memoranda
  • Other Guidance
  • Conflict with State Laws
Analysis of IT Occupations:
  • O*Net Occupations Used in High Tech Applications
  • How to Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • High Tech Hierarchy: Technicians, Engineers, Managers
  • Travel: Unanticipated Locations, Home Office and Telecommuting and Relocation
Session 2:
Minimum Requirements for Occupations:
  • SVP - Are Requirements normal in the US?
  • Alien Experience and Education Gained While On the Job
  • Actual Minimum Requirements
  • Combination of Job Duties
  • "Language" Requirements
  • Training Requirement
Alien Qualifications:
  • Comparison of American, European, and Asian Diplomas
  • Equivalency Standards: H-1b, PERM,
  • Educational Evaluators
  • What is an Equivalency?
  • Combining Education and Experience
  • What is Training?
  • Paid vs. non-paid experience.
Prevailing Wage Calculations
  • O*Net Occupations without PW Data
  • November 2009 Prevailing Wage Guidance
  • The Point System
  • The Four Levels
  • Requesting Review of Determinations
Session 3:
  • Basic Recruitment: Choice of Newspapers or Professional Journal
  • 10 Professional Recruitment Options
  • Notice Requirements: 10 Day Notice of Filing and Other Media
  • 30 Day Job Order at SWA

Identifying Referrals and Applicants:

  • Dealing with State Work Force Agencies
  • Electronic On-Line Job Applications vs., Traditional Resumes
  • Determining Qualified Workers
  • Responding to Applicants
  • Recruitment Report
Special Problems for IT Workers:
  • Progression from F-1 to Permanent Residency
  • Self-Employment, and Portability
  • Quirks to Transition from H1B1's, E-3's and NAFTA temporary work status
Session 4:
Audit Responses and Appeals:
  • Special Audit Problems
  • Supervised Recruitment
  • Denials without Audit
  • Requests for Reconsideration
    • Regular Queue
    • Government Error Queue
  • Requests for Appeals to BALCA
  • Options for Federal Court Litigation

Nathan's High End Potpourri:

  • National Interest Waivers
  • 2nd Preference Exceptional Aliens Instead of Advanced Degrees
  • Schedule A Exemptions
For additional information, including speaker biographies, and to register, please see:

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Focus: EB-5 Events for Chinese Students
Chinese international students are coming to the US in dramatically increased numbers. The explosion in undergrad Chinese students started in 2008 and continues. For EB-5 purposes Chinese students offer the best prospects. We have been conducting events in 2014 educating Chinese Students on EB-5 in New York City. We can conduct similar events in six other cities across US. For each city we promote the event to multiple campuses across the metropolitan region; this can vary from ten to twenty campuses per city. The time frame for the events is determined based on the academic calendar. These are short evening events that require a short single night stay trip from the sponsoring Regional Center or law firm. During the educational event covering the students' immigration options the sponsor makes a short presentation about their project or law firm. The event structure allows for plenty of networking opportunities with students. These events are available only to Regional Centers that use Regulation-D or to law firms, and we require clients to consult a securities attorney before signing up for these events. For more information please contact us at tel: (212)545-0818 or write to us at

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Help Wanted: Immigration Paralegal
Newark, NJ. Proskauer Rose LLP seeks candidate with advanced writing skills to join our team of professionals. The position requires quality writing skills to address RFE's, O-1's, L-1B, L-1A, Es, Perms and other writing intensive case-work. The right candidate will have a BA degree and 1 to 5 years. of related experience. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package and opportunities to expand and grow your skill set. If you are interested, please email a resume and cover letter to:

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
Milwaukee, WI - Grzeca Law Group seeks an experienced Attorney to serve on our family practice team. This position is primarily responsible for managing, directing and overseeing the preparation of various family-based immigration petitions, including direct client communication, support staff management and timely and accurate document production to ensure the highest level of client service and satisfaction. This position requires a J.D., State Bar license and experience with nonimmigrant and immigrant cases. Qualified candidates must have a commitment to hard work as well as excellent writing, communication, organizational and case management skills. Experience with Consular Processing, Fiance Visas, Adjustment of Status, Waivers, Naturalization, SIJS, U Visas and VAWA is a plus. Must be able to communicate effectively in Spanish (verbal and written). We offer a competitive salary and benefits. We strongly encourage professional growth and community involvement. Please email your cover letter, resume and salary requirements along with two immigration writing samples to No phone calls/agencies please.

Help Wanted: Immigration Attorney
New York, NY - Goldstein & Lee, P.C. with offices in New York and London is seeking a New York licensed attorney bilingual in Japanese and English preferably with at least 2 yrs experience in U.S. Business Immigration law for a full time attorney position in New York. Due to increased work with major Japanese companies both in Japan and in the United States, we have an immediate need for a qualified lawyer with Japanese and English language skills. The individual selected will be responsible for direct interaction with Japanese companies both overseas and in the U.S. Consular experience is a plus but not a necessity. Candidates are urged to send their CV/resume directly to Richard Goldstein at We will be available to meet interested candidates at the AILA Conference in D.C. between June 14 and 20 or in New York.

DNA Testing
With over a decade of experience and access to over 5000 collection centers nationwide, DNA Lab Center is one of the leaders in the DNA testing industry. All DNA Tests performed are accredited by the A.A.B.B. (the American Association of Blood Banks) and within the guidelines set forth by the DHS. Our reports are accepted by the Consular Section at the embassy, the U.S.C.I.S., and American Citizen Services offices. Every sample collection performed follows a strict chain-of-custody allowing the results to be notarized and court admissible. Using the most advanced technology in the industry, DNA Lab Center is able to reach 99.9 % accuracy on each test we perform. DNA Lab Center will coordinate shipping the DNA collection kit(s) to the embassy requesting the test and will also provide all contact information to embassy personnel for scheduling the beneficiary's appointment. You can be confident your clients will receive the utmost care, consideration, and confidentiality throughout this process. English, Spanish, French and Hebrew spoken. Contact: 866-940-4DNA, 866-720-3550, 718-940-4DNA, Website:

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