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December 2007 Volume 13 Number 4

The H-1B Program and Labor Certification: Attestation and PERM

Sloan West Coast Program on Science and Engineering Workers
The H-1B Program and Labor Certification:
Attestation and PERM

Friday, January 18, 2008
Andrews Conference Room, 2203, SSH Building, UC-Davis

This seminar is the first in a series that discusses issues related to science and engineering workers on the West Coast. Each seminar will feature a background paper outlining the issues and presentations by researchers as well as industry, government, and advocate representatives. We hope that each seminar will produce a better understanding of areas of consensus and disagreement on a particular aspect of the science and engineering labor force and labor market.

This seminar focuses on the current processes by which both temporary workers and immigrants are admitted to fill US jobs in science and engineering. The H-1B program uses an "attestation" admissions process, meaning employers provide assurances about wages and working conditions. With such attestations, approval for hiring H-1B workers is almost automatic, provided visas are available. By contrast, securing an employment-related immigration visa usually requires "labor certification," which generally requires evidence of efforts to recruit US workers. PERM (Program Electronic Review Management) is a relatively new and expedited labor certification process.

The background paper will review attestation and certification and focus on recent changes and current issues. The government participants will explore the impacts of recent changes, and Rep Lofgren will explain the status of legislation that would change the H-1B program. The researchers panel will explore the impacts of these processes on immigrants and US workers, and the industry panel will address employer and worker concerns.

The $75 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch and the wine tasting. Please make checks payable to UC Regents and send to Philip Martin, UC-Davis, Dept ARE, 1 Shields Ave, Davis, CA; registration will be acknowledged and receipts will be issued; there are no refunds. For further information, please contact: plmartin@ucdavis.edu The seminars are supported by the Sloan Foundation in cooperation with the NBER's Science & Engineering Workforce Project.

The meeting will be held on the UCD campus. Rooms have been reserved at the Best Western-University Lodge, 123 B Street, Davis, tel (530) 756-7890. The UCD rate is $85 --please make your reservations before December 28, 2007ówe are the UCD Immigration group. The Davis Airporter provides transportation from Sacramento airport (SMF) for $20; reservations are required. Public bus route 42 provides service to UCD about 2 blocks away from the hotel for $1.50 at 22/24 after the hour, but the service is hourly and the last bus is 9:23.

Campus maps and parking permits will be mailed to confirmed participants January 4, 2008.

8am
Breakfast available
9am
Welcome and introductions, Philip Martin, UCD, Michael Teitelbaum, Sloan, Barry Klein, UCD
9:15am
From H-1B to Immigrant: An Overview of the Process and Issues Philip Martin, UC-Davis
9:45am
Issues in Attestation and Certification
Alicia Cackley, Government Accountability Office
Harry Sheinfeld, US Department of Labor, Washington
David Kahn, US Department of Labor, San Francisco
Susana Rincon, US Department of Labor, San Jose
11am
Break
11:15am
Rep Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) Chair, House Subcommittee on Immigration
12:30pm
Lunch
1:30pm
Researchers panel Norm Matloff, UC-Davis, Patterns in Wages in the PERM Data
Lori Kletzer, UCSC, Exploring the impact of H-1B workers on wages and employment of "domestic" S&E workers
John Trumpbour, Harvard SEWP, South Asian H-1Bs and Recent S&E Migration back to India
Lindsay Lowell, Georgetown, Into the Eye of the Storm: Assessing the Evidence on Science and Engineering Education, Quality, and Workforce Demand
3:15pm
Break
3:30pm
Industry and Worker Perspectives
Jeff Wheeler, Intel
Lisa Spiegel, Duane Morris
Kim Berry, Programmer's Guild
Stan Sorscher, Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace
5pm
Adjourn and wine tasting



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