PERM Update: Quantifying Skills, Deeper Vetting, and Other Changes - Recording (.MP3)

PERM Update: Quantifying Skills, Deeper Vetting, and Other Changes - Recording (.MP3)

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Recorded 11/16/2017
CLE Eligible Yes
Length 90 min.
Format MP3
SKU WS2017-11-16-DL

New case law that has arisen out of both DOL and USCIS, along with new FAQs signal that additional changes are coming down the pike—changes that will both clarify and complicate various aspects of PERM practice. Our panel of experts will discuss how their approach to PERM has changed in 2017 as a result.

Featured Topics

  • Elusive PERM FAQ Round 14: Should You Quantify Skills? Where Is the Line Drawn for Tailoring?
  • Matter of O–A–, Inc. and Provisional Degrees: How Far Can You Push Provisional Degree/Mark Sheet Use? And What Qualifies as an Acceptable Provisional Degree?
  • PERM Audits: Deeper Vetting of U.S. Applicants
  • Prevailing Wage Issues: Processing Times and Alternate Wage Surveys

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Janora L. Hawkins is an associate in the Atlanta Office of Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP. She has a wide array of experience in corporate and family-based immigration, including extensive experience managing large immigration programs. Focusing on compliance and maximizing efficiency, Ms. Hawkins provides strategic legal counsel to clients across all industries and cross-sectors in connection with corporate immigration to include corporate restructuring, I-9 compliance, lawful permanent residence, naturalization, non-immigrant visas, and consular processes. She currently serves as Treasurer for the GA-AL Chapter of AILA. Ms. Hawkins is also a member of the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) Liaison and Distance Learning Committees for AILA National. She serves on the Board for the Georgia Asylum & Immigration Network (GAIN) and is Secretary for the Board of Our House, an organization dedicated to ending homelessness. Ms. Hawkins has provided pro bono assistance to unaccompanied minors and their families at the detention center in Dilley, Texas and co-hosts an immigration-focused internet radio show on WCEG Talk Radio.

Nicholas J. Coenen is an associate with Kempster, Corcoran, Quiceno & Lenz-Calvo, Ltd., where he primarily focuses on employment-based immigration. His areas of expertise include several non-immigrant work visas and permanent residency processing for multinational corporate clients, medium-sized organizations, and small businesses/start-ups in a variety of industries. Mr. Coenen is active in the AILA Chicago Chapter, where he currently serves as Co-Chair of the chapter's CLE Committee. He has also served as an invited speaker at chapter meetings and the chapter's Business Immigration Conference.

Ganesh Kalyanaraman advises multinational corporations on a wide variety of employment and investor-related immigration issues; focusing on strategic immigration planning for U.S. and international companies for the international relocation of personnel both from and into the U.S. He addresses the visa and work authorization needs of U.S. and global personnel; including professionals, managers and executives, treaty investors/traders, essential workers, persons of extraordinary ability, corporate trainees, and students. Additionally, Mr. Kalyanaraman assists companies with drafting employment verification compliance policies, training sessions, internal audits, as well as representation during government audits, denials, or raids. His practice focuses primarily on business immigration law, counseling clients on a full range of matters including nonimmigrant visas, permanent residency, and citizenship. Mr. Kalyanaraman has counseled large Fortune 500 companies, mid-sized companies and small, home-office business clients with immigration filings, consular and cross-border issues and compliance strategies. He also counsels individual scholars and athletes filing self-petitions, such as extraordinary ability or national interest waiver cases. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the AILA NorCal Chapter and the Steering Committee of the AILA Bangkok Chapter. He has also served as the 2016-17 Chair of Diversity& Inclusion Committee for AILA National. Mr. Kalyanaraman has frequently spoken at AILA Chapter and National conferences.

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