Employment-based Permanent Residency: Guide for Employers Sponsoring Their Foreign Workers

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CD Only                 $349.00 includes recorded presentation, slides, and Q&A
Duration: 90 minutes including question and answer session.
Presenter(s): Shanon R. Stevenson, partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP
Price: $349.00, CD includes full audio presentation, question and answer session and presentation slides. CD option is subject to a $5.95 handling charge.
CE Credits: This program has been approved for 1.5 general recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.
Who Should Attend? HR, in-house counsel, financial officers, CEOs

Sponsoring a foreign national employee for permanent residence in the U.S. is best understood if we begin with the presumption that the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services operate not in the real world - but in an alternate reality. USDOL and USCIS oversee the PERM process using antiquated recruitment methods that have little to do with employers’ actual recruiting and hiring practices. It is difficult enough for in-house attorneys and human resources professionals to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of employment laws to also sustain up-to-date knowledge of all the employer-sponsored U.S. permanent residence process. Not only are talented foreign national candidates demanding the promise of employer-sponsored permanent residence as a negotiating tool in offers, competitors are using the promise of an employer-sponsored permanent residence process as a method to lure talented employees away – especially in the science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Please join Shanon R. Stevenson, partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP, as she discusses the various categories for pursuing employment-based permanent residence and how employers can comply with illogical federal requirements.


Just a sampling of what this webinar will cover:

  • Discuss the various categories of employer-sponsored U.S. permanent residence for foreign national employees, including EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3
  • Review the requirements for each of the different employer-sponsored U.S. permanent residence categories and how to identify the best category for your foreign national employee
  • Understand the PERM process, including establishing a job description and minimum requirements for the PERM position, prevailing wages, required recruitment steps, lawful reasons to reject applicants, when interviews are required, evidence of business necessity, evidence of the foreign national’s qualifications for the job, completing and filing the ETA 9089 Application For Permanent Employment Certification, and expected PERM processing times
  • Discuss how to successfully handle PERM audits
  • Discuss options on how to deal with a USDOL prevailing wage determination that is too high
  • Understand the importance of employment verification letters and how to obtain them when the employee’s former employer is no longer in existence or has a policy not to provide detailed employment verification letters
  • Understand the process, required evidence, and timing of the I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker
  • Understand priority dates and how long an employee must wait to proceed to the final stage of the employer-sponsored permanent residence process, the I-485 Adjustment of Status application
  • Discuss the most common and costly errors employers make when sponsoring a foreign national employee for permanent residence in the U.S.


Your conference leader for “Employment-based Permanent Residency: Guide for Employers Sponsoring Their Foreign Workers” is Shanon R. Stevenson, attorney at law. Ms. Stevenson is a partner in the Atlanta office of Fisher and Phillips LLP and a member of the firm's Global Immigration Practice Group. Shanon's practice focuses on corporate immigration law. She began practicing in this area in 1998. She has comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience in a broad range of immigration areas, including: PERMs, I-140s, I-485s, I-9 compliance, advising clients on current immigration legislation, handling non-immigrant and immigrant visa applications, outbound visas, etc. Shanon is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has been repeatedly recognized for her immigration practice in Georgia Super Lawyers – Rising Stars. Shanon is "AV" peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Shanon earned her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law.


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