Permanent Pathways: How NIWs Are Helping Employers Overcome PERM Challenges 

 6 June 2024 at 1:00 p.m. ET

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Permanent labor certification, or PERM, is becoming increasingly challenging, especially as many employers navigate layoffs and “notify and consider” requirements. National Interest Waivers, or NIWs, have become an increasingly common option, enabling applicants to avoid PERM altogether on their way to a green card. However, many employers are still unaware of the advantages NIWs can provide or remain hesitant to move away from their traditional green card process.

Join BAL experts for insights that will give employers a better understanding of NIWs and other strategies to help their green card programs succeed. Key topics will include:

  • The current PERM landscape
  • Why NIWs are becoming an increasingly popular option and the basic requirements for obtaining NIWs
  • Common challenges and misconceptions about NIWs
  • Current filing and adjudication trends
     

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Speakers:

Petra Tang
Partner

Petra Tang

BAL

Petra is a Partner with BAL in the San Francisco office. She is a decades-long fan of the firm’s oneBAL mindset, bringing it to the fore in her relationships with clients. Petra’s immigration practice focuses on helping her clients navigate immigration complexities so that the business can focus on what’s important — executing on achieving its goals. Petra empathetically advises and represents clients of all sizes and in a variety of industries, with a focus on technology. With her extensive experience as well as dedication to her clients, Petra provides guidance to businesses and multinational corporations, offering expert advice on a wide-range of corporate immigration matters, such as compliance, the immigration impact of corporate reorganizations, nonimmigrant work visas, complex PERM programs and permanent residency matters.

Petra was born in the United States but grew up in Hong Kong and traveled extensively to the U.S., Europe and Australia. Petra is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and has been named in Best Lawyers since 2017.

Nazish Ali
Senior Associate

Nazish Ali

BAL

Nazish is a Senior Associate in BAL's Dallas office. Her practice focuses on all aspects of employment-based immigration law, including preparation and filing of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa applications, permanent residency applications in the EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 categories, mergers and acquisitions, and navigating clients through complex immigration issues with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Prior to joining BAL, Nazish worked as an Associate Attorney at a global corporate immigration firm, handling a variety of nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters for Fortune 100 corporations across industries, including telecommunications, technology, biopharmaceutical, and engineering. During law school, Nazish participated in the Immigration Law Clinic at Catholic Charities Archdiocese, where she represented clients before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and federal court on matters related to deportation defense, asylum representation, VAWA petitions and U visa applications. Nazish continues her pro bono endeavors through her involvement with the Human Rights Initiative and Aga Khan Foundation.

Storm Estep
Senior Associate

Storm Estep

BAL

Storm is a Senior Associate in the Dallas office of BAL. He has deep expertise within the field of immigration law, focusing primarily on employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant matters on behalf of corporate and individual clients and their families. Storm counsels clients to ensure compliance with immigrant workforce and record-keeping provisions. He also provides strategic guidance on corporate mergers, acquisitions, and restructuring matters related to immigration regulations and memoranda.

Prior to joining BAL, Storm worked as an attorney at corporate immigration law firms in Houston, Detroit, and the Washington, D.C., area. He is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a passionate advocate for animal rights.